ac·​ces·​si·​ble ik-ˈse-sə-bəl How to pronounce accessible (audio)
: capable of being reached
a remote region accessible by rail
also : being within reach
fashions at accessible prices
: easy to speak to or deal with
a friendly, accessible boss
: capable of being used or seen : available
information that should be accessible to everyone
The collection is not currently accessible.
: capable of being understood or appreciated
the author's most accessible stories
an accessible film
: capable of being influenced : open
people who are accessible to new ideas
: 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
accessibility noun
accessibleness noun
accessibly adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of accessible was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Accessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ac·​ces·​si·​ble ik-ˈses-ə-bəl How to pronounce accessible (audio)
: capable of being reached
a resort accessible by train or bus
: capable of being used, seen, or known : obtainable
accessible information
accessibility noun
accessibly adverb

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