accessible

adjective
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 \ -​ˌse-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce accessibility (audio) \ noun
accessibleness \ -​ˈse-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce accessibleness (audio) \ noun
accessibly \ -​blē How to pronounce accessibly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for accessible

Synonyms

affordable, popular

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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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This option might make ART more accessible in terms of both time and money. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Companies are looking at techy alternatives, including scannable codes that could link to audio-accessible shade and ingredient information. Allure, "Blindness & Beauty: How Visually Impaired Women Changed an Industry That Ignored Them," 2 Apr. 2019 Everyone loves the feeling of a fresh haircut, and one New York barber is winning praise for making accommodations to style a customer's hair outside of his non-wheelchair-accessible shop. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "New York barber goes viral for giving man in wheelchair a haircut outdoors," 21 Sep. 2018 Still, there’s reason to think it’s possible: Microsoft was filing patents for warrant-accessible internet calling systems as early as 2009. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s encryption fight will be harder than San Bernardino," 20 Aug. 2018 But the area has dozens of places to hike, from strolls on paved, handicap-accessible trails to some that are downright challenging. Brian E. Clark, latimes.com, "Two scenic San Diego hikes, mountaintop and seaside," 24 June 2018 The new version will be wheelchair-accessible and have a separate area for toddlers. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mass Creativity Day brings kids, families together for an art-filled day of play," 21 June 2018 There's a bar and two new handicapped-accessible restrooms. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 2018 The handicap-accessible offices include central air-conditioning, some windows facing Fifth Avenue, a reception area, three consultation rooms, six examination rooms and a laboratory. Rosalie R. Radomsky, New York Times, "Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions," 19 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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accessible

adjective
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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