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 accessibility (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
accessibleness \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce accessibleness (audio) , ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
accessibly \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​blē How to pronounce accessibly (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 Outside, the large backyard features a pool for warmer weather, along with an easily accessible bathroom for after-swim showers. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This custom-built, high-tech contemporary home in Louisville's Fox Run is a modern marvel," 13 Feb. 2020 The bill aims to improve transparency by giving the public easily accessible information about quality problems and substantiated complaints at facilities such as Hacienda. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Hacienda HealthCare patient rape case prompts federal legislation," 13 Feb. 2020 Hart’s Location and Dixville Notch have very few residents, and none of them requested accessible voting machines, according to officials. Abigail Abrams, Time, "New Hampshire’s Midnight Primary Is Using Accessible Voting Machines For the First Time," 11 Feb. 2020 The state of New Hampshire primed its voters to understand that accessible behavioral health does not operate in a silo. Amanda Latimore, The Conversation, "The opioid crisis is a big issue in New Hampshire – 5 questions answered on what voters want the candidates to do," 11 Feb. 2020 Here are a few easily accessible ones: • In Anchorage, the Alaska Native Medical Center’s emergency room is open 24/7 and can help any Alaska Native or American Indian dealing with a mental crisis or grief. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades," 9 Feb. 2020 There is also accessible parking in the lot at the corner of Lithia Way and Pioneer Street. oregonlive, "The best places to park in Ashland if you must have a car," 8 Feb. 2020 Of course, the bar is also accessible via the hotel interior. Matt Wake |, al, "Sweet view, new bar, restaurant coming to downtown Huntsville," 7 Feb. 2020 Her specialty is updating spaces through accessible designs and organization. The Washington Post, "Q&A: Carrie Locklyn of HGTV Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 7 Feb. 2020

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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 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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