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 Their voter registration card, along with thousands of other city residents' cards, are preserved and made accessible in Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center (HHC)., "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 18 Sep. 2020 One readily accessible measure of interest is the sheer number of commercial and academic sentiment analysis software programs that are publicly available: A 2018 benchmark comparison detailed 28 such programs. Dana Mackenzie, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Algorithms Discern Our Mood From What We Write Online," 17 Sep. 2020 The following publicly accessible, free destinations offer expansive views of autumn color, as well as other natural and historical features. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland overlooks provide miles of colorful fall foliage," 17 Sep. 2020 The event includes a mix of live and pre-recorded streams accessible through Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Tales of the Cocktail, usually a toast of deep summer in New Orleans, returns virtually," 16 Sep. 2020 This upwelling of dreams is the first to occur globally and the first to happen in the era of social media, which makes dreams readily accessible for immediate study. Tore Nielsen, Scientific American, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams," 16 Sep. 2020 For Fanning, whose seemingly flawless complexion and scatter of freckles is something of a calling card, pulling casual, candid attention to this common condition is particularly powerful—not for the stakes, but for the entirely accessible approach. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Elle Fanning Gets Real About Eczema With a Relatable Beauty Moment," 15 Sep. 2020 Much of the social media trove appears to be scraped from public accounts accessible to anyone. Washington Post, "Chinese firm harvests social media posts, data of prominent Americans and military," 14 Sep. 2020 Fortunately, there’s a material that’s accessible for almost everyone’s wallet: vinyl. Vinyl might have a reputation for being cheap and flimsy, but this assumption belies the more modern versions on the market now. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "Vinyl," 14 Sep. 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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21 Sep 2020

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“Accessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 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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