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 accessible (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
accessibleness \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce accessible (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
accessibly \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​blē How to pronounce accessible (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 In December, the city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of a $560,000 program to make the historic St. Charles streetcar line wheelchair accessible. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "Three disabled men sue City of New Orleans for decade-long wait to fix curb ramps," 8 Feb. 2021 Scott, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, is working with others to make the course accessible to students on a national level. Dallas News, "Texas’ new African-American class expands after a summer of Black Lives Matters demonstrations," 6 Feb. 2021 Walker, like many on ballet TikTok, also creates educational videos, helping to make ballet training accessible to a wider audience. New York Times, "On Ballet TikTok, a Place for Young Dancers to Be Real," 5 Feb. 2021 Walz also wants to make college more accessible for those who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, "Gov. Tim Walz proposes automatic college acceptance for qualifying Minnesota high school seniors," 1 Feb. 2021 But by using novel materials and designs, researchers are trying to make the process cheaper, simpler and portable enough to make high-quality desalination far more accessible worldwide. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Sunlight Powers Portable, Inexpensive Systems to Produce Drinking Water," 26 Jan. 2021 Globe journalism was never meant to be a permanent obstacle to someone’s success, with the worst decisions and moments in regular people’s lives accessible by a few keystrokes for the rest of time. Andrew Demillo,, "Source: Sarah Sanders running for Arkansas governor," 24 Jan. 2021 To make the collection accessible not only in terms of pricepoint but for brides (or grooms) to purchase, the collection is available for purchase online, exclusively on Blue Nile. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "DeBeers Collaborates with 10 Independent Designers to Reimagine the Classic Engagement Ring," 21 Jan. 2021 That could come in many forms, such as education or funding for small remodeling projects to make homes more accessible. Emily Hopkins, The Indianapolis Star, "Reforms are coming to Indiana's nursing home system. Here's what they mean for Hoosiers.," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Accessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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