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applicable (adj.)

1650s, "capable of being applied, suitable, appropriate," from Latin stem of apply (v.) + -able. Earlier in this sense was appliable (mid-15c.), and applicable formerly meant "pliable, well-disposed" (1560s).

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Definitions of applicable

applicable (adj.)
capable of being applied; having relevance;
gave applicable examples to support her argument
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