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 inaccessible (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​ \ noun
inaccessibly \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈse-​sə-​blē How to pronounce inaccessible (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 The data that agencies do have is also often inaccessible to these communities who may not be able to financially afford to seek out this information. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, "As Deb Haaland creates unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans, a look at why it's necessary," 4 Apr. 2021 This may be new food sources, or exploring the space between leaves and tree roots that is inaccessible to larger animals. Mark D. Scherz, Quartz, "How evolution’s largest questions could be answered by Madagascar’s smallest creatures," 3 Apr. 2021 These images — snapshots from a way of life that has since been rendered inaccessible by the pandemic — may bring grief, experts say. NBC News, "A year of sacrifice: Why pre-pandemic photos can be painful reminders," 10 Mar. 2021 Over the last year, Black and brown communities have seen higher rates of COVID infection and less access to testing services, with vaccination sites often inaccessible, as well. Erin Corbett,, "Michelle Obama Got Vaccinated, & People’s Reactions Are So Pure," 11 Mar. 2021 However, even the White House is not inaccessible to the public but may be visited by the public during certain hours. Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Review, "Bring Down the Capitol Hill Fencing," 15 Mar. 2021 There still are huge swaths of the world that still are inaccessible to Americans because of the COVID-19 virus. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Travelers want to visit Alaska this summer — and airlines are responding with a full slate of flights," 13 Mar. 2021 Because the inner parts of the reactors are too radioactive for humans and are often inaccessible to robots, they still haven’t been fully mapped or photographed. Dylan Moriarty, WSJ, "Japan’s Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster Unleashed a $300 Billion Effort to Rebuild a Hinterland," 10 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, until recently, platforms to discuss disabled stories have been as inaccessible to disabled people as the resources to tell those stories in the first place. Sarah Kurchak, Time, "Sia's Golden Globe-Nominated Music Isn’t Just Offensive. It’s Also Bad Art—and the Distinction Matters," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Inaccessible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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