Definition of applicable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈplɪkəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɪkəbl//
; BrE BrE//ˈæplɪkəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæplɪkəbl//
[not usually before noun]
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that can be said to be true in the case of somebody/something synonym relevant Give details of children where applicable (= if you have any). applicable to somebody/something Much of the form was not applicable (= did not apply) to me. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘compliant’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin applicabilis, from the verb applicare ‘fold, fasten to’, from ad- ‘to’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples The law is applicable to everyone. The offer is only applicable for flights during the week. The rules have now been made equally applicable to all members. The theory does not seem easily applicable in this case. new developments in research that could prove directly applicable to the treatment of some cancers Give details of children where applicable. His rules are not universally applicable. Many of the questions on the form were not applicable to me. The constitution is equally applicable to all citizens. The research provided broadly applicable results.
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