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 Yesterday, Microsoft Teams—a combination instant messaging, chat, and collaboration package competing with Slack and the new version of Google Hangouts—was inaccessible for several hours, from approximately 8:30am to 11:30am ET. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s failures to renew: Teams, Hotmail, and," 4 Feb. 2020 The account, which was inaccessible on Thursday, also posted images of Winnie the Pooh, whose likeness is considered sensitive on Chinese social media due to unflattering comparisons to the Communist Party chief. Time, "University of Minnesota Student Jailed for 6 Months for Critical Tweets He Sent in the U.S.," 23 Jan. 2020 One of the goals of the new venture is to democratise cannabis investments, which have historically been inaccessible (because companies are still private) or expensive (because investors must buy stocks individually). The Economist, "Daily chart Investors rush to bring weed to the masses," 13 Jan. 2020 What’s more, parts of the area that were previously inaccessible due to high water during the early season should now be frozen and easier to walk on. Jarrod Spilger, Field & Stream, "8 Tips for Bagging More Late-Season Pheasants," 23 Dec. 2019 Almost 98 percent of the homepages of the top million websites are to some degree inaccessible today. Wired, "Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation," 21 Nov. 2019 Both figures suggest that the Church’s preachment would be inaccessible to the majority of the English people in both Latin and the vernacular without some sort of visual aid. John Hirschauer, National Review, "An Icon for Saint Greta Thunberg," 14 Nov. 2019 Next generation genetic sequencing, along with high-throughput transcriptomics and proteomics, now permits scientists to amass huge amounts of data that was previously inaccessible. Scientific American, "The Coming Age of Molecular Medicine," 2 Oct. 2019 In Jefferson County's Beaumont, a city of just under 120,000 people that's about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said all service roads were impassable and two hospitals were inaccessible, according to the Beaumont Enterprise. Fox News, "Texas hit by Imelda deluge, flash floods, 'life-threatening' rainfall: 'It's as bad as I've ever seen'," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Inaccessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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