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 While making diplomats safer, this can make embassies and consulates far less accessible to average citizens of host countries, hampering outreach and sometimes fueling a sense that America is trying to wall itself off from the world. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad underscores America’s polarization — and peril," 2 Jan. 2020 But the district uses grants and low-cost instrument rentals to make music education accessible for kids regardless of income. oregonlive, "Rural district dress code bans Confederate flag, ‘Kindergarten Cop’ murals face uncertain future: The week in education," 21 Dec. 2019 The move continues a trend that has seen public libraries in other major U.S. cities eliminate fines in an effort to make public libraries accessible to more people. USA TODAY, "Lego impeachment, emotional support coyote, mumbo sauce: News from around our 50 states," 21 Dec. 2019 In 2012, Congress moved to make information about the deaths more accessible to the public by requiring states to release detailed reports on child fatalities and near-fatalities., "xperts have long suspected that the United States badly undercounts the number of children who die from abuse and neglect. The voluntary reporting system relied on for decades may be off by at least 200 percent, they say, missing thousands of fatalities.," 15 Dec. 2019 Consequently, a slew of government documents in the last two years have underscored the need to make NPD more accessible. Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Quartz India, "What is non-personal data and why India is trying to regulate it," 8 Dec. 2019 But, if part of the goal is to make champagne more accessible, the staff could do with some training in how to talk about it. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Riddler Celebrates Champagne," 6 Dec. 2019 Keybase aims to make public-key encryption accessible to everyone, for everything from messaging to file sharing to throwing a few crypto-coins someone's way. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Keybase moves to stop onslaught of spammers on encrypted message platform," 6 Dec. 2019 The organization has plans to make its services even more accessible to families by opening a walk-in clinic, where children could come in for follow-up appointments or to refill prescriptions or where parents could talk with staff. Lauren Caruba,, "After financial challenges, San Antonio children’s mental health center moves forward," 29 Nov. 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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7 Jan 2020

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“Accessible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 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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