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 The program would be accessible to families of all income levels, according to the White House. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Here's what's in Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan," 28 Apr. 2021 The suburban locations for the Sephora inside Kohl’s stores will help to ensure that prestige beauty is more accessible to all shoppers. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, "Sephora And Kohl’s Unveil Over 125 Prestige Beauty Brands," 27 Apr. 2021 The full library of podcasts will be accessible to residents by visiting www. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon Lake launches biweekly podcast," 26 Apr. 2021 Those are sums accessible only to the small and disappearing middle class and wealthy elites, leaving thousands of Venezuelans in need to turn to social media or GoFundMe sites. Washington Post, "In the Venezuelan ‘Workers’ Paradise,’ very different pandemics for the haves and have-nots," 25 Apr. 2021 Unused pills are accessible to those seeking to misuse them and unused medications can also become dangerous when consumed accidentally Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clean out your medicine cabinet of unwanted medications and discard at Johnson Park on Saturday," 24 Apr. 2021 Those calls are also not private; the area where they are placed is accessible to other inmates. James Whitlow,, "Public defender’s office files complaint after Harford County warden ends virtual attorney-client meetings at jail," 22 Apr. 2021 For months, residents and activists have urged an end to the program after learning that data collected from license plate readers was accessible to agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘A necessary tool:’ Chula Vista approves keeping license plate readers," 21 Apr. 2021 State law considers meetings between officeholders to be events that should be accessible to the public, including the media. Rafael Olmeda,, "Barbara Myrick, known as by-the-book lawyer, helped withhold info after Parkland shooting," 21 Apr. 2021

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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 7 May. 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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