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

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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In 2016, after two successful pop-ups, the two launched AUrate’s first by-appointment showroom in Manhattan with the promise to make gold jewelry more accessible., "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 To make Popular Information as accessible as possible, Legum plans to keep the subscription cost low. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Beyond the action on the court, the NBA is trying to make their athletes and content as accessible as possible to fans. Kirk A. Bado, azcentral, "NBA Summer League bets on importance of engaging off the court," 11 July 2018 The commencement of the DigIndy project, which will keep millions of gallons of sewage out of the White River, will go a long way toward making the river more accessible. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "We 'turned our back' on the White River. Now, Indianapolis wants to make it a destination.," 10 July 2018 Many freshman Virginia Democratic lawmakers campaigned on this issue and other measures that would make healthcare more accessible. Phil Galewitz And David Smiley, miamiherald, "In Florida, mid-term elections hold little hope for Medicaid expansion," 6 July 2018 BusinessEffort under way to make naloxone opioid antidote more accessible... Catherine Ho,, "More California pharmacies to distribute opioid overdose drug," 6 July 2018 The event is part of the course’s initiatives to make the game more accessible to people of all backgrounds. Nyssa Kruse,, "Goodwin Park Golf Course Offers Free Summer Lessons for Newcomers," 29 June 2018 Trump staffers are working to make contraceptives less accessible. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The IUD Vs. The World," 28 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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