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[ ap-li-kuh-buhl, uh-plik-uh- ]


  1. applying or capable of being applied; usable:

    an applicable rule;

    a solution that is applicable to the problem.

  2. appropriate or relevant; apropos; pertinent.

    Synonyms: suitable, meet, proper, fitting, befitting, apt, appropriate, relevant, relative, material, germane, apposite, fit


/ əˈplɪkə-; ˈæplɪkəbəl /


  1. being appropriate or relevant; able to be applied; fitting

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Derived Forms

  • ˌapplicaˈbility, noun
  • ˈapplicably, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ap·pli·ca·bil·i·ty [uh, -plik-, uh, -, bil, -i-tee], ap·pli·ca·ble·ness noun
  • ap·pli·ca·bly adverb
  • non·ap·pli·ca·ble adjective
  • non·ap·pli·ca·ble·ness noun
  • un·ap·pli·ca·ble adjective
  • un·ap·pli·ca·ble·ness noun
  • un·ap·pli·ca·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of applicable1

First recorded in 1400–50; from Latin applic(āre) “to apply ” + -able, or from Middle French applicable, Medieval Latin applicābilis; replacing late Middle English appliable

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Example Sentences

In Alexandria, the city “committed in 2018 to refer 100 percent of applicable cases to the Virginia State Police,” city spokesman Craig Fifer said, to include not only shootings but any accusation of a criminal offense by an officer.

Condé Nast is also repurposing its health and wellness benefits to be more applicable in the coronavirus era.

From Digiday

While not always applicable depending upon the vegetables used, citrus can work wonders to add acidity and brightness.

While the Rubik’s Cube itself has over 10 to the 19th power possible combinations, a generalized step-by-step guide is very easy to remember and is applicable in many different scenarios.

Hence, the ways businesses were once marketed to target customers may no longer be effective or applicable.

APPLICABLE LAWS AND JURISDICTION: This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

“Kentucky Opportunity Coalition understands the applicable reporting regulations,” group treasurer Caleb Crosby wrote.

Libertarian political principles must be applicable to practical politics or what are political principals for?

I asked them to share what inspires them at the moment and, if applicable, what sherries they drink in the morning.

It's a big, fat cliché, but, right here, right now, it feels somehow applicable.

It is especially useful with cultures upon serum media, but is applicable also to the sputum.

A decision may be modified or set aside when it is regarded as no longer applicable to the present condition of things.

These contrivances are applicable only to such organs as have the balanced swell pedal.

For more accurate work the following methods, applicable to either human or cow's milk, are simple and satisfactory.

Missionary Societies connected with given churches are not exposed to the same kind of objection as that applicable to the others.