ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ ik-ˈse-sə-bəl How to pronounce accessible (audio) , ak-, ek- \

Definition of accessible

1a : capable of being reached a remote region accessible by rail also : being within reach fashions at accessible prices
b : easy to speak to or deal with a friendly, accessible boss
2 : capable of being used or seen : available information that should be accessible to everyone The collection is not currently accessible.
3 : capable of being understood or appreciated the author's most accessible stories an accessible film
4 : capable of being influenced : open people who are accessible to new ideas
5 : easily used or accessed by people with disabilities : adapted for use by people with disabilities accessible bathrooms/doorways/seating/parking Councilwoman Deborah Gross introduced legislation Tuesday that would prioritize accessible entryways, common areas, restrooms and communications facilities—in that order—when city businesses undergo major physical updates.— Adam Smeltz

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Other Words from accessible

accessibility \ ik-​ˌse-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce accessibility (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
accessibleness \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce accessibleness (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
accessibly \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​blē How to pronounce accessibly (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ adverb

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Examples of accessible in a Sentence

The inn is accessible by train and bus. The mall is accessible from the highway. It is a fascinating and accessible book.
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Recent Examples on the Web That includes Hoosiers with disabilities, who seek to live and work in a safe, affordable and accessible environment. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "We annotated Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2020 State of the State speech. Here's what we found.," 14 Jan. 2020 Here’s another bonus: The GPU and CPU are inverted on the current version, but the future version makes them fully accessible, along with the M.2 slots. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "A huge battery, teeny fan blades, and other cool features adorn MSI's GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider," 10 Jan. 2020 This was the image sold to the public: the yard as accessible, hospitable and open to everyone. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.," 10 Jan. 2020 To attract a fresh, diverse crop of patrons, snow sports need to blow up the existing model, by being inexpensive, accessible, easy and - why, the heck not? - available more months of the year. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, "The future of American skiing may be inside a New Jersey mall," 8 Jan. 2020 As a teenager, her ranch-style home happened to be wheelchair-accessible, with ramps and wide doorways – and this was before her accident. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Here’s what Karin Korb wants you to know about people with disabilities," 7 Jan. 2020 To attract a fresh, diverse crop of patrons, snow sports need to blow up the existing model, by being inexpensive, accessible, easy and — why, the heck not? — available more months of the year. Washington Post, "The future of American skiing may be inside a New Jersey mall," 7 Jan. 2020 That’s in addition to the existing lift-accessible, backcountry-style terrain and technical chutes and glades that are always practically desolate. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 3 Jan. 2020 But to make ballots more accessible, language assistance in multiple languages needs to be prioritized and year-round civic engagement needs to be promoted at all levels, from the grassroots all the way to state government. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What should happen in Wisconsin in the next decade? Eight emerging leaders answer that question.," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of accessible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for accessible

Middle English accessyble, borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French accessible, borrowed from Late Latin accessibilis, from Latin accessus (past participle of accēdere "to approach") + -ibilis -ible — more at accede

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accessible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ ak-ˈse-sə-bəl How to pronounce accessible (audio) \

Kids Definition of accessible

1 : able to be reached The resort is accessible by train.
2 : able to be used or obtained The book is accessible in your school library.

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