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or capable of being ; relevant; suitable; appropriate:
an applicable rule; a solution that is applicable to the problem.
being appropriate or relevant; able to be applied; fitting

1560s, “pliable,” with -able + Latin applicare (see apply). Meaning “capable of being applied” is from 1650s; earlier in this sense was appliable (mid-15c.).


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