I would like to ask whether my application for a given position makes sense. That is, given some circumstances, does it really make sense for me to apply for the position?

Could you kindly please assess the make-sense-ability of my application given the above circumstances?

More specifically, a word that would convey the fact that the application is not futile and that is has indeed a purpose (and thus makes sense) given the circumstances, would be a good fit.

I am not looking for feasibility nor viability, both of which pertain to the state or degree of being easily or conveniently done - not what I am asking for.

I would guess that words such as legitimacy or justifiability (if that noun exists) would come closer to what is needed.

I thought that a noun derived from the adjective sensible (characteristic of sth making sense) would fit, but sensibility is is off-track, since it pertains to emotions.

Perhaps purposefulness? (again, given that word exists)

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    You could quite reasonably ask about the credibility of your application. – FumbleFingers Oct 2 '16 at 16:52
  • @FumbleFingers Doesn't credibility pertain to the quality of being trusted and believed in, which is not an issue here or the quality of being convincing or believable - also not central to the topic? – wit221 Oct 2 '16 at 17:04

To me it sounds like you are informing about the reasonability of an application.

The quality or capacity of being reasonable; reasonableness.


1 Having sound judgement; fair and sensible.
1.1 Based on good sense.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/reasonability https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/reasonable


Appropriate, as an adjective, would work well. The question would be someting like "Given my severe claustrophobia would it be appropriate for me to apply for the position of darkroom technician?



Clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.

So you could use it in the sentence as follows:

Could you kindly please assess the clarity of my application given the above circumstances?

  • So that would be: Could you kindly please assess the clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding of my application given the above circumstances? I can see some connection to my intended meaning but I am worried this might be confounded with whether my application is clear and understandable - which is not really the point. – wit221 Oct 2 '16 at 17:09
  • @wit221, Erm, in what way does something "making sense" not pertain to its being clear and understandable; they're synonymous? – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 2 '16 at 17:10
  • I was looking for a word which would convey that the application would not be futile - that there indeed was sense in submitting it given the said circumstances. – wit221 Oct 2 '16 at 17:13
  • @wit211 Then your question needs re-wording; clarity definitely fits for make-sense-ability but less so for whether there is any point in applying. Which question are you asking? – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 2 '16 at 17:16
  • Yes, you are right. I edited the question to refocus its target. – wit221 Oct 2 '16 at 17:20


The quality or condition of being intelligible; capability of being understood. (Dictionary.com)

This is perhaps a word that fits exactly but sounds slightly verbose.

Could you kindly please assess the intelligibility of my application given the above circumstances?

  • I am afraid this is similar to clarity and is most often used in the context of something being easy to understand, like someone's speech or writing, which would confuse the reader of my question. Am I wrong? – wit221 Oct 2 '16 at 17:11
  • @wit221 No, quite correct, how does that not answer your question? – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 2 '16 at 17:12

Sounds to me like a job for applicability. Of course, that sounds a bit weird following up application, which might make a rephrasing sensible.

applicability [MASS NOUN] The quality of being relevant or appropriate.

the case has raised questions about the applicability of local laws to acts committed by foreigners outside the country

Secondly I suggest appropriateness.

appropriateness [MASS NOUN] The quality of being suitable or proper in the circumstances.

some staff members question the appropriateness of this practice


Perhaps eligibility?

Could you kindly assess the eligibility of my application given the above circumstances?


eligible adjective

1 a : qualified to participate or be chosen

eligible to retire

  • eligibility noun


eligibility NOUN

[MASS NOUN] The state of having the right to do or obtain something through satisfaction of the appropriate conditions.

‘restrictions governing the eligibility of candidates’


I believe admissibility comes close.

Could you kindly assess the admissibility of my application given the above circumstances?


admissible adjective

1 : capable of being allowed or conceded : permissible
2 : capable or worthy of being admitted

  • admissibility noun

The judge decided that the confession was admissible in court.

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