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 Paul and other cities have partnered with Grab to create more accessible platforms that expand touch-free ordering options and broaden the number of participating concessions. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Delivery robots to digital health apps: 5 ways your next airport visit could be contactless," 6 Jan. 2021 As smartphones and data plans have become more accessible, that figure has risen to roughly 30 percent, according to IAMAI, a trade group of internet and telecom companies. Yasaswini Sampathkumar, Wired, "In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice," 4 Jan. 2021 The recent introduction by online brokerages of tools such as fractional investing—or the ability to buy just a portion of a share—has made trading big-name companies more accessible, too. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, "New Army of Individual Investors Flexes Its Muscle," 30 Dec. 2020 To make housing more accessible and provide more options for child care and education in historically underrepresented communities in East and West Oakland. Sarah Ravani,, "‘Defund the police’ is more than a protest cry for these youths. They’re helping steer Oakland effort," 30 Dec. 2020 Bringing smell into a museum context can be one way to make art more accessible, particularly for visitors who are blind or visually impaired, and those who have dementia. Star Tribune, "What does history smell like?," 25 Dec. 2020 Herbstreit and Finebaum, who were once UCF’s biggest playoff detractors, now say it’s time to expand the four-team playoff to make the field more accessible and divergent. Mike Bianchi,, "BYU Boca Bowl beatdown makes UCF a Group of 5 afterthought | Commentary," 23 Dec. 2020 Critics say the zone would threaten progress in recent years to make waters more accessible to residents and visitors, while also infringing upon the Wharf, where water access is a big attraction. Washington Post, "The Army wants water restrictions near the Wharf. Residents and D.C. leaders call it an overreach.," 21 Dec. 2020 The goal is to make college feel more accessible to South Side children from an early age, Garza said. Andres Picon,, "MacKenzie Scott’s gift to San Antonio’s Palo Alto College: a cool $20 million," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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“Accessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 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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