in·​ac·​ces·​si·​ble | \ˌi-nik-ˈse-sə-bəl, (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, (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​ \ noun
inaccessibly \ˌi-​nik-​ˈse-​sə-​blē, (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​ \ adverb

Examples of inaccessible in a Sentence

The area is inaccessible by road. His prose is inaccessible to many readers.

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But officials said Tuesday that strong winds are fueling the flames which are racing through dry and largely inaccessible woodland. Fox News, "The Latest: More car limits in France as heat wave peaks," 7 Aug. 2018 But officials blamed its continuing spread on strong, gusting winds fueling the flames, which are racing through dry and largely inaccessible woodland. Barry Hatton, The Seattle Times, "Wildfires torment Portugal, Spain as France feels the heat," 7 Aug. 2018 These disturbances can be detected and used to read data that should be inaccessible. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks," 14 Nov. 2018 But for all intents and purposes, one of last generation’s best games was inaccessible for 17 months straight. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced," 26 Oct. 2018 In short, Twitter gives applications (like tweet-deleters) access to only your most recent Tweets, while the rest are inaccessible. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Delete All Your Tweets," 2 Aug. 2018 In its daily report, the U.N. agency said fighting has engulfed several districts outside of Hodeida, prompting relief agencies to relocate stocks away from the battles, which has made some aid warehouses inaccessible. Time, "The Battle for Control of a Key Port City in Yemen Intensifies," 20 June 2018 The novel’s most touching moments involve Andrei’s grandmother, a sweet and melancholy if frustratingly inaccessible figure, as dementia has cut her off from her trove of memories. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Young and Privileged and Perpetually at Sea," 5 July 2018 Wild rivers are largely primitive and generally inaccessible other than by water or trail, while Scenic rivers are similar but accessible in places by roads. Mark Freeman, The Seattle Times, "Man visiting 58 Oregon rivers for law’s anniversary," 30 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of inaccessible

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

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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