in·​ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ ˌi-nik-ˈse-sə-bəl How to pronounce inaccessible (audio) , (ˌ)i-ˌnak- \

Definition of inaccessible

: not accessible an inaccessible area an inaccessible goal

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Other Words from inaccessible

inaccessibility \ ˌi-​nik-​ˌse-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inaccessibility (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​ \ noun
inaccessibly \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈse-​sə-​blē How to pronounce inaccessibly (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​ \ adverb

Examples of inaccessible in a Sentence

The area is inaccessible by road. His prose is inaccessible to many readers.
Recent Examples on the Web Those archives, which house potentially hundreds of thousands of personal files from the former vice president's decades of time in the Senate, have remained inaccessible to the public. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign and allies ready to weaponize Biden archive," 1 May 2020 Reade has called on Biden to release his records from his 36-year tenure as a senator, which are currently being kept by the University of Delaware and are inaccessible to the public. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Pelosi says she's "satisfied" with Biden's response to sexual assault allegations," 30 Apr. 2020 The songs, so full of beauty and intelligence, truth and yearning, wit and pathos, revealed the lie that their author is inaccessible and unconsoling. Los Angeles Times, "Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday bash reminds us why his music remains so radical," 27 Apr. 2020 In the Sierra Nevada, Tahoe National Forest put out a warning that most facilities above 5,000 feet are inaccessible from the past week’s snowfall. Tom Stienstra,, "Forest Service closes campgrounds; trails and lakes remain open," 29 Mar. 2020 Their mission: removing plastic waste from areas of land that are inaccessible by foot. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Your Tuesday Briefing," 24 Mar. 2020 There are two ways local sustainable food is inaccessible to most people. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visits to his grandfather's farm led Ripon resident to agriculture, with sustainability as his main goal," 12 Mar. 2020 Historically, this meant that a lot of awesome astro phenomena that only registered as subtle changes in the temperature of the cosmos was inaccessible to landbound astronomers. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "RIP Spitzer, the Coolest Heat Telescope in the Solar System," 29 Jan. 2020 These women come from backgrounds that typically make running for office inaccessible. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Candidates endorsed by AOC flounder in Texas primary races," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of inaccessible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inaccessible

Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin inaccessibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin accessibilis accessible

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The first known use of inaccessible was in the 15th century

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“Inaccessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inaccessible

: difficult or impossible to reach, approach, or understand : not accessible


in·​ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ ˌi-nik-ˈse-sə-bəl How to pronounce inaccessible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaccessible

: hard or impossible to reach or get hold of an inaccessible island

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