One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the property of applying something to effective or practical use.
2Proper to be applied, applicable.
3That makes an application, appeal, or request. rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bradford (c1510–1555), evangelical preacher and martyr. From classical Latin applicāt-, past participial stem of applicāre apply + -ory.
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