Definition of applicable in English:



  • Relevant or appropriate.

    ‘the same considerations are equally applicable to accident claims’
    • ‘Now you will not have read this, so I am going to, as it were, just read out the bits which are applicable.’
    • ‘The crane was not thoroughly examined prior to assembly as required by the applicable regulations.’
    • ‘There is little room for dispute between the parties over the principles of law applicable to a claim such as this.’
    • ‘You may purchase quantities at unit cost, plus the applicable sales tax for your shipping address.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would seem that it has become a catch-all excuse and is employed even when not applicable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is accepted that this issue must be determined by the applicable 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The opinion referred to a prior decision holding that courts were bound by the applicable customary law.’
    • ‘Thus the principle is applicable to any relevant amendment whatever its cause.’
    • ‘This fact is applicable to all strata of society, but is more visible in the lower sections.’
    • ‘Are such agreements no longer applicable when money is there to be made?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many claim that these verses are cultural and are therefore not applicable to our society.’
    relevant, appropriate, pertinent, apposite, germane, material, felicitous, significant, related, connected
    apropos of
    fitting, suitable, apt, befitting, to the point, to the purpose, useful, helpful, of use
    ad rem, appurtenant
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Mid 16th century (in the sense compliant): from Old French, or from medieval Latin applicabilis, from the verb applicare (see apply).