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 Classified, a luxury restaurant open since 2017 in Newark’s Terminal C, is only accessible to those who are invited by United Airlines. Greta Bjornson,, "There's a Secret, Invitation-Only Restaurant Hidden In Newark Airport — See Inside!," 22 Nov. 2019 To reach across class lines, the restaurant is accessible to public transit and nothing costs more than $5. Eric Ginsburg, Bon Appétit, "The Undocumented Chef Behind Kansas City’s Most Inclusive Restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019 Morgan is leading the art foundation into 2020 with a more accessible program and reopening of Dia Chelsea. Vogue, "Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen Hosted the 2019 Dia Art Foundation’s Fall Night," 18 Nov. 2019 Federal law requires voting facilities to be accessible to people with disabilities. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin voters with disabilities face a variety of barriers. A state report on the problems is two years late.," 15 Nov. 2019 This type of rigorous education shouldn’t be accessible only to students who can get into elite universities. Kush Saxena, Quartz, "Engineers need a required course in ethics," 8 Nov. 2019 Because it was designed to be less expensive than the foreign alternative, the technology is accessible to all—not just to those a bank deems worthy. Wired, "Opinion: The Global South Is Redefining Tech Innovation," 7 Nov. 2019 But a more discreet and far more accessible – and less pricey – Grand Dame gem polished and awaiting inspection is the U.S. Grant Hotel on the lip of the city’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019 Raising the rate on the ten million dollars that was accessible to the I.R.S. made no statistical difference at all. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The French Economist Who Helped Invent Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Accessible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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