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[ap-li-kuh-buh l, uh-plik-uh-] /ˈæp lɪ kə bəl, əˈplɪk ə-/
applying or capable of being applied; relevant; suitable; appropriate:
an applicable rule; a solution that is applicable to the problem.
Origin of applicable
late Middle English
1400-50; < Latin applic(āre) to apply + -able, or < Middle French applicable, Medieval Latin applicābilis; replacing late Middle English appliable
Related forms
applicability, applicableness, noun
applicably, adverb
nonapplicability, noun
nonapplicable, adjective
nonapplicableness, noun
unapplicability, noun
unapplicable, adjective
unapplicableness, noun
unapplicably, adverb
fitting, proper, germane, pertinent. Unabridged
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  • The fact here recognised might be of universal applicability.
  • One of the areas that deserves mention is the applicability of a biometric for commercial users.
  • As renewable applicability increases, please allow it to thrive.
  • The emphasis should be on the absolute value of the individual and the universal applicability of basic rights.
  • Each of the exceptions has its own set of conditions on its applicability, which are beyond the scope of this summary.
  • But this inconsistency may not be fatal inside of the applicability scope of particular theory.
  • Anyone who denies the applicability of evolutionary theory is, as far as can be determined, denying reality.
  • People can acknowledge the validity of the knowledge while ignoring the applicability to their lives.
  • Many of these same dynamics have social applicability.
  • They are following the methods and applicability of science, but aren't far enough along to be science yet.
British Dictionary definitions for applicability


/ˈæplɪkəbəl; əˈplɪkə-/
being appropriate or relevant; able to be applied; fitting
Derived Forms
applicability, applicableness, noun
applicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for applicability

1650s, from applicable + -ity.



1560s, "pliable," with -able + Latin applicare (see apply). Meaning "capable of being applied" is from 1650s; earlier in this sense was appliable (mid-15c.).

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