Definition of applicable in English:

applicable

adjective

  • Relevant or appropriate.

    ‘the same considerations are equally applicable to accident claims’
    • ‘It would seem that it has become a catch-all excuse and is employed even when not applicable.’
    • ‘There may be a number of cases in the future where it's just as applicable.’
    • ‘Now for any theory to be generally acceptable, it must surely be universally applicable.’
    • ‘Thus the principle is applicable to any relevant amendment whatever its cause.’
    • ‘Our own answer must be a universal one, applicable in principle to all comparable cases.’
    • ‘The market will be focusing on any comments applicable to the sector as a whole.’
    • ‘It is accepted that this issue must be determined by the applicable law.’
    • ‘You may purchase quantities at unit cost, plus the applicable sales tax for your shipping address.’
    • ‘The crane was not thoroughly examined prior to assembly as required by the applicable regulations.’
    • ‘The opinion referred to a prior decision holding that courts were bound by the applicable customary law.’
    • ‘Many of the issues discussed are applicable to transfers within hospitals.’
    • ‘You may have noticed that these traits are just as applicable to your laptop as they are to a human being.’
    • ‘Are such agreements no longer applicable when money is there to be made?’
    • ‘Now you will not have read this, so I am going to, as it were, just read out the bits which are applicable.’
    • ‘Many claim that these verses are cultural and are therefore not applicable to our society.’
    • ‘There is little room for dispute between the parties over the principles of law applicable to a claim such as this.’
    • ‘I love this idea, and think it is applicable to far more than thinking about theology.’
    • ‘We would lose the power to make decisions that are applicable to our economy.’
    • ‘This fact is applicable to all strata of society, but is more visible in the lower sections.’
    • ‘I can see no good reason why the principle of necessity should not be applicable in his case as it is in the case of the victim of a stroke.’
    relevant, appropriate, pertinent, apposite, germane, material, felicitous, significant, related, connected
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘compliant’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin applicabilis, from the verb applicare (see apply).

Pronunciation

applicable

/ˈaplɪkəb(ə)l//əˈplɪkəb(ə)l/