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


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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Such studies, intriguing and accessible, were Mr. Levine’s specialty. Neil Genzlinger,, "Robert Levine, who studied kindness, identity, and time," 4 July 2019 The hospital plans in the fall to demolish what is now a Fuddruckers restaurant on NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay to make way for construction of a more visible and accessible entrance to the campus, according to the release. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Methodist Clear Lake to construct $40 million office building," 27 June 2019 The lookout is a short, accessible walk from the parking lot on top of the bluff. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some of Wisconsin’s best parks are small county and city ones," 27 June 2019 Hackers posted the cache of documents onto the dark Web, where files are hidden from search engines and accessible only through special software, such as the Tor browser, that allow for enhanced encryption and user anonymity. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding border surveillance," 21 June 2019 Hackers posted the cache of documents onto the dark Web, where files are hidden from search engines and accessible only through special software, such as the Tor browser, that allow for enhanced encryption and user anonymity. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding U.S. border surveillance," 21 June 2019 State and local public health officials link the spike to a confluence of factors, including the rise of cheap and accessible methamphetamine and heroin, and an increase in people who use the drugs to manage life on the streets., "Spike in Multnomah County HIV cases tied to drug use," 20 June 2019 Campuses across the country are experimenting with making tampons free and accessible for all students. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Free tampons for students: Boston latest to tackle 'period poverty' with $100K program," 19 June 2019 But the abundance of land, good climate and accessible water drew new residents and businesses en mass. Katie O'connell, azcentral, "How are urban farms surviving as Phoenix's population grows? Valley 101 found out," 17 June 2019

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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 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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