ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ ik-ˈse-sə-bəl , 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 \ -​ˌse-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
accessibleness \ -​ˈse-​sə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
accessibly \ -​blē \ adverb

Synonyms for accessible


affordable, popular

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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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Land has to be purchased and zoned for a prefab house, the foundation has to be built, and utility lines have to be made accessible, to name a few. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 Scotland is taking major steps in making pads and tampons more accessible and affordable for people with periods. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Scotland Announces Plan to Make Period Products Free for All Students," 25 Aug. 2018 On the display, Amazon shows common Alexa queries (weather, timers, or traffic conditions), but users are also able to customize their own requests — like controlling smart home gadgets — making them accessible with a tap. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Amazon’s Echo Show now lets you use Alexa by tapping instead of talking," 23 July 2018 In the last decade of her life, the empress dowager tried to polish her image by making herself more accessible, especially to Western diplomats. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 When the North Entrance at street level opens in early 2019, visitors will get a new espresso bar in the Vaulted Walkway that is being made accessible to the public once again, for the first time since the mid-1970s. Michael Klein,, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018 This slowly began to change, and in 2012, mostly in major cities like Yangon and Mandalay, SIM card prices fell to hundreds of dollars from over a thousand, making them slightly more accessible though still out of reach to most. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 From there, Rally Rd. can bring the cars to events across the country, making them accessible to their investors and new potential shareholders – and creating a revenue stream to pay operating expenses of the cars and dividends to investors. Fortune, "Can't Afford a Ferrari? How About Buying a Share for $80," 29 June 2018 Additionally, behavioral theories advise that making fruits and vegetables more accessible by making them easy to reach and in snack sizes may increase children’s intake. Cynthia Lebron, Mph, miamiherald, "Your child wants chips. You want them to have fruit. Here's how to tackle that.," 27 June 2018

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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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ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ ak-ˈse-sə-bəl \

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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