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in·ap·pli·ca·ble

 (ĭn-ăp′lĭ-kə-bəl, ĭn′ə-plĭk′ə-)
adj.
Not applicable: rules inapplicable to day students.

in·ap′pli·ca·bil′i·ty n.
in·ap′pli·ca·bly adv.
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inapplicable

(ɪnˈæplɪkəbəl; ˌɪnəˈplɪk-)
adj
not applicable or suitable; irrelevant
inˌapplicaˈbility, inˈapplicableness n
inˈapplicably adv
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in•ap•pli•ca•ble

(ɪnˈæp lɪ kə bəl)

adj.
not applicable; unsuitable.
[1650–60]
in•ap`pli•ca•bil′i•ty, n.
in•ap′pli•ca•bly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inapplicable - not capable of being applied; "rules inapplicable to day students"
irrelevant - having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue; "an irrelevant comment"; "irrelevant allegations"
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inapplicable

adjective irrelevant, inappropriate, unsuitable, unsuited, inapt, inapposite His theory was inapplicable to many less developed economies.
fitting, appropriate, suitable, relevant, apt, applicable, pertinent, apposite
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inapplicable

adjective
Not relevant or pertinent to the subject; not applicable:
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Translations

inapplicable

[ɪnˈæplɪkəbl] ADJinaplicable
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inapplicable

[ˌɪnəˈplɪkəbəl ɪnˈæplɪkəbəl] adjinapplicable
inapplicable to → inapplicable à
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inapplicable

adj answerunzutreffend; laws, rulesnicht anwendbar (to sb auf jdn)
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inapplicable

[ɪnˈæplɪkəbl] adjinapplicabile
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References in classic literature ?
Or in other words, the conception of a cause is inapplicable to the phenomena we are examining.
"Pork-pies!" said the American, with a delighted sense of discovering the country,--"why, you read about them in Dickens!" Who shall say but that this instinctive association was an involuntary severe, but not inapplicable, criticism?
In searching for the grounds of this doctrine, I can discover but one, and that is wholly inapplicable to our case.
All the habits and rules of his life that had seemed so firm, had turned out suddenly false and inapplicable. The betrayed husband, who had figured till that time as a pitiful creature, an incidental and somewhat ludicrous obstacle to his happiness, had suddenly been summoned by her herself, elevated to an awe-inspiring pinnacle, and on the pinnacle that husband had shown himself, not malignant, not false, not ludicrous, but kind and straightforward and large.
This advice, although good, was totally inapplicable to my case; I should have been the first to hide my grief and console my friends if remorse had not mingled its bitterness, and terror its alarm, with my other sensations.
I say less expensively clad, though the expression is scarcely just, for I had never seen her in attire that could properly be called expensive at all; and, yet, the term mean would be equally inapplicable to her present appearance.
Archer was always at pains to tell her children how much more agreeable and cultivated society had been when it included such figures as Washington Irving, Fitz-Greene Halleck and the poet of "The Culprit Fay." The most celebrated authors of that generation had been "gentlemen"; perhaps the unknown persons who succeeded them had gentlemanly sentiments, but their origin, their appearance, their hair, their intimacy with the stage and the Opera, made any old New York criterion inapplicable to them.
This inapplicable answer might have been too much for the comprehension of many; but it did not puzzle Mrs.
Even if these maxims had a precise technical sense, corresponding with the idea of those who employ them upon the present occasion, which, however, is not the case, they would still be inapplicable to a constitution of government.
It's well if I can remember a little inapplicable Latin to adorn my maiden speech in Parliament six or seven years hence.
This theory, moreover, is totally inapplicable to the northern Maldiva atolls in the Indian Ocean (one of which is 88 miles in length, and between 10 and 20 in breadth), for they are not bounded like ordinary atolls by narrow reefs, but by a vast number of separate little atolls; other little atolls rising out of the great central lagoon-like spaces.
This is not inapplicable to my uncle and his fencing.