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  1. having a practical purpose or use; derived from or involved with actual phenomena (distinguished from theoretical, opposed to pure): applied mathematics; applied science.
  2. of or relating to those arts or crafts that have a primarily utilitarian function, or to the designs and decorations used in these arts.
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Origin of applied

First recorded in 1490–1500; apply + -ed2
Related formsun·ap·plied, adjectivewell-ap·plied, adjective
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Related Words for unapplied

idle, inactive, jobless, underemployed, visionary, theoretical, down, loafing, free, disengaged, fired, resting, unoccupied, unused, leisured, unapplied, unengaged, imaginary, notional, theoretic

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Historical Examples of unapplied

  • But his training and his mental bias are both needed in public affairs, wherein the scientific method is too often unapplied.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, February 1900


  • By these methods we gain energy that is certainly free, but which, being as yet unapplied, is indifferent.

  • Young people flitting about in droves driven by insatiability and their peculiar disease, leisure and unapplied brains.

    Under the Law

    Edwina Stanton Babcock

  • Unapplied, the most sovereign remedy is useless, for then not even Gilead's balm, can heal the dire disease.

  • But it still remains to him but an unapplied abstraction, a mere category of thought, a frame for the All.

British Dictionary definitions for unapplied


  1. related to or put to practical useapplied mathematics Compare pure (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for unapplied



"put to practical use," (as opposed to abstract or theoretical), 1650s, from past participle of apply. Earlier it was used in a sense of "folded" (c.1500).

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