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


applying or capable of being applied; relevant; suitable; appropriate: an applicable rule; a solution that is applicable to the problem.

Origin of applicable

1400–50; < Latin applic(āre) to apply + -able, or < Middle French applicable, Medieval Latin applicābilis; replacing late Middle English appliable
Related formsap·pli·ca·bil·i·ty, ap·pli·ca·ble·ness, nounap·pli·ca·bly, adverbnon·ap·pli·ca·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ap·pli·ca·ble, adjectivenon·ap·pli·ca·ble·ness, nounun·ap·pli·ca·bil·i·ty, nounun·ap·pli·ca·ble, adjectiveun·ap·pli·ca·ble·ness, nounun·ap·pli·ca·bly, adverb

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being appropriate or relevant; able to be applied; fitting
Derived Formsapplicability or applicableness, nounapplicably, 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.).

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