in·​ap·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-pli-kə-bəl How to pronounce inapplicable (audio) also ˌi-nə-ˈpli-kə- \

Definition of inapplicable

: not applicable : irrelevant

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Other Words from inapplicable

inapplicability \ (ˌ)i-​ˌna-​pli-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inapplicability (audio) also  ˌi-​nə-​ˌpli-​kə-​ \ noun
inapplicably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​pli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inapplicably (audio) also  ˌi-​nə-​ˈpli-​kə-​ \ adverb

Examples of inapplicable in a Sentence

the judge refused to allow mention of the defendant's conviction for shoplifting, ruling that it was inapplicable to the case at hand
Recent Examples on the Web But the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, reasoning that Google could have written its own declaring code (even if doing so would be highly inefficient), held that merger was inapplicable. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Movie Studios Back Oracle in Supreme Court Fight Over Computer Code," 19 Feb. 2020 The Times story outlines how UMG attempted to downplay the situation and keep it quiet as possible, which foreshadows how artists would likely argue that the statute of limitations is inapplicable in the face of fraudulent concealment. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "A Universal Music Fire Case Could Break New Legal Ground," 19 June 2019 The first is inapplicable to Brown: when a player is formally charged with a crime of violence. Brown has not been charged with a crime and there is no reason to believe that he will be charged. Michael Mccann,, "Should the NFL Place Antonio Brown on the Commissioner’s Exempt List?," 12 Sep. 2019 In other words, Goodell will insist Rule 17 was inapplicable to the situation presented in the NFC Championship. Michael Mccann,, "Roger Goodell Under Oath: No-Call Lawsuit Means Deposition for Commissioner," 30 July 2019 Unfortunately, many lower courts have treated NAACP v. Alabama as a dead letter, inapplicable to other cases. Bradley A. Smith, WSJ, "The Threat to Privacy of Opinion," 28 June 2018 In convicting her, the trial court ruled that the press law’s statute of limitations was inapplicable because the article did not qualify as proper journalism. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Turkish Court Hears Appeal of Wall Street Journal Reporter Sentenced to Prison," 26 June 2018 For their part, the leagues, NCAA and Justice Department insisted the anticommandeering principle was inapplicable to New Jersey’s case. Michael Mccann,, "Why New Jersey Won Its Supreme Court Battle to Legalize Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 She's accused of pretending to provide services by filing inapplicable immigration forms with immigration authorities. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Montebello woman faces 112 counts after scamming immigrants out of $630,000, prosecutors say," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inapplicable

1656, in the meaning defined above

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“Inapplicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inapplicable

formal : not able to be used in a particular situation : not applicable or relevant

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