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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An elevator to make the building more accessible for users with disabilities cost $100,000. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 Promote The Vote is a coalition striving to make voting more accessible for all eligible Michiganders. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Outgoing ACLU chief Kary Moss pushes ballot-access proposal," 30 June 2018 But while Elon Musk’s company is now set on showing EVs can also be affordable and accessible for the masses, with the minimalist Model 3, others are taking batteries and motors in the opposite direction. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Researchers have found virtual reality exercises can help alleviate a fear of heights, showing the technology can be used as an accessible, affordable tool in mental health treatment. Kate Thayer,, "Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights, study shows," 12 July 2018 Many who have met him in person describe him as accessible, down-to-earth and attentive. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Quiet agitator at CMS prepares to rattle some cages in his second year," 12 July 2018 With its impeccably maintained historic homes, gorgeous private beach only accessible by ferry, and a Main Street brimming with art galleries and live theater, Bellport has been an insider secret of the creative set since the 1970s. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Hamptons Not Your Scene? Consider the Low-Key Charm of Bellport, New York," 3 July 2018 New wheelchair-accessible paved trails total almost a mile, and the Hutchinson Trail that used to be all woodchips now has new bridges and boardwalks. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "The natural and historic charms at Fort Sheridan open to public again," 3 July 2018 Camp Invention, a nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, partnered with Dayton ISD last week to make innovation relatable, accessible, and fun for 103 local children. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Summer STEM camp engages Dayton children," 3 July 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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