Do you pronounce the word like...

  • Ap-PLIC-a-ble


  • APP-lic-a-ble

And if so, is there a difference between the two?

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The NOAD reports /ˈæpləkəbəl/ as the pronunciation of the word in American English, and /əˈplɪkəb(ə)l/, /ˈaplɪkəb(ə)l/ as the British pronunciation.

In /əˈplɪkəb(ə)l/, the accent is on the second "syllable" (Ap-PLIC-a-ble); in /ˈæpləkəbəl/ and /ˈaplɪkəb(ə)l/, the accent is on the first "syllable" (APP-lic-a-ble).


My Webster's gives them both as variant pronunciations, with the stressed first syllable being preferred. Both mean the same thing, and are identical apart from the pronunciation.

You say tomato, I say tomahto ...


It is French.

The correct pronunciation is as it is written: AHplihKAHbleh

(the 'ah' as in hot)

However, due to anglicization, no one in USA cares about that pronunciation. So I've told you the correct pronunciation, but the common English pronunciation would have the emphasis on the first syllable. Don't put emphasis on the second syllable, ever.

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    The question is how to pronounce it in English, not French. Jan 6, 2012 at 11:25