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applicable

[ap-li-kuh-buh l, uh-plik-uh-] /ˈæp lɪ kə bəl, əˈplɪk ə-/
adjective
1.
applying or capable of being applied; relevant; suitable; appropriate:
an applicable rule; a solution that is applicable to the problem.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
fitting, proper, germane, pertinent.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-applicability

applicable

/ˈæplɪkəbəl; əˈplɪkə-/
adjective
1.
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 un-applicability

applicable

adj.

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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