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.

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Barack Obama was considered remarkably inaccessible to reporters. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?," 17 June 2019 That has created a 70-acre triangle that is inaccessible. Ralph Vartabedian,, "High-speed rail route took land from farmers. The money they’re owed hasn’t arrived," 10 June 2019 Jason Evans, spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue, also says that residents living in apartments that are inaccessible because of damage from the crane were either out at the time or were among those taken to the hospital. Washington Post, "The Latest: Search of accessible apartments finds no victims," 10 June 2019 In addition to being Princess Diana's childhood home, Althorp is also her final resting place, but her grave is inaccessible to the public. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Childhood Home Althorp Is Opening to Visitors This Summer," 17 May 2019 County officials say the locations are inaccessible to those with disabilities. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Plan to close polling places in black county draws backlash," 21 Aug. 2018 States that lean into the changes might have more health insurance offerings with small price tags, but ones that are inaccessible to people with health problems and don’t cover major health services, like prescription drugs. New York Times, "A Big Divergence Is Coming in Health Care Among States," 28 Feb. 2018 For many Americans, voting can be difficult or inaccessible, but a free ride could solve a small part of the issue. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Uber, Lyft, and more are offering discounted rides to the polls on Election Day," 6 Nov. 2018 In truth, access to the inaccessible, to the sort of one-of-a-kind experiences that only vast sums of money can buy, has become a fearsome weapon in the experiential wars being waged at the highest levels of luxury. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The Experience Wars: Inside the Furious Fight for the Affections (and Dollars) of the World's Biggest Spenders," 20 Sep. 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 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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