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  1. not applicable; unsuitable.
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Origin of inapplicable

First recorded in 1650–60; in-3 + applicable
Related formsin·ap·pli·ca·bil·i·ty, in·ap·pli·ca·ble·ness, nounin·ap·pli·ca·bly, adverb


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Historical Examples

  • Having selected two, he computed them accurately but found them inapplicable.

    The Story of Eclipses

    George Chambers

  • In many cases this agent is inapplicable on account of its odor.

  • Or in other words, the conception of a cause is inapplicable to the phenomena we are examining.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • These are texts upon which sermons, not inapplicable to our own day, might be preached.

    Obiter Dicta

    Augustine Birrell

  • Therefore the method which Macaulay suggests is inapplicable.

British Dictionary definitions for inapplicable


  1. not applicable or suitable; irrelevant
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Derived Formsinapplicability or inapplicableness, nouninapplicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inapplicable


1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + applicable. Related: Inapplicably; inapplicability.

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