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[ap-li-kuh-buh l, uh-plik-uh-]
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  1. applying or capable of being applied; relevant; suitable; appropriate: an applicable rule; a solution that is applicable to the problem.
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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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fitting, proper, germane, pertinent.
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Examples from the Web for unapplicable

Historical Examples

  • The Roman pandects will furnish us with a piece of history not unapplicable to our present purpose.

    Commentaries on the Laws of England

    William Blackstone

British Dictionary definitions for unapplicable


  1. being appropriate or relevant; able to be applied; fitting
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Derived Formsapplicability or applicableness, nounapplicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unapplicable



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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