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

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 Last week, the Biden administration announced another initiative which will require private health insurance companies to cover the cost of eight at-home tests per family member each month with the goal of making rapid tests more accessible. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 19 Jan. 2022 Durrant also highlighted different ways the judicial council is making legal aid more accessible and affordable to low-income Utahns. Kim Bojórquez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Jan. 2022 Klein and Goldsmith are passionate about making their equipment accessible, too. Jared Wyllys, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 They are accused of making a gun accessible to their son and refusing to take him home after a meeting before the shooting. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 The other part about Curves is making design accessible to the people who need to be introduced to design. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 The elder Crumbleys are accused of making a gun accessible to their son and refusing to take him home on the day of the shooting when school counselors confronted them with distressing drawings of violence. Fox News, 8 Jan. 2022 The parents are accused of making a gun accessible to Ethan and breaching their responsibility by refusing to remove him from school two hours before the shooting when counselors confronted them with his distressing drawings of violence. Ed White, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 But with everything going in the world right now, Alo Moves is making its platform more accessible by offering a 14-day free trial, plus a free month for all new members after signing up. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 3 Jan. 2022

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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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25 Jan 2022

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“Accessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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