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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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  • If you have a vision or mission statement, review it and see whether it is still applicable.
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  • Although she focuses on women, much of what she says is equally applicable to men.
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  • There is never one right answer applicable for everyone in every situation at all times.
  • Certainly this is not applicable to other cases for many reasons.
  • In order for somebody to obtain a patent they must have an invention that is industrially applicable.
British Dictionary definitions for applicable


/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 applicable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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