inaccessible

adjective
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 the medications remain inaccessible in much of the US. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 Period poverty is a serious issue, and menstrual products also remain inaccessible in America. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Period Poverty Could Have Mental Health Consequences, Study Finds," 19 July 2018 If fire has made stairwells inaccessible, for example, the cannon can even punch through ceilings and floors, enabling firefighters to rescue people. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "School shootings: This cannon fires unbelievable ammo to blast through walls and help rescue victims," 31 May 2018 For now, hundreds of homes that are still standing remain inaccessible. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could leave thousands trapped," 14 May 2018 The helicopter is intended to demonstrate the viability and usefulness of such aircraft on Mars, NASA said, with potential roles as a low-flying scout or to reach locations inaccessible from the ground. NBC News, "NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars, marking a first for interplanetary travel," 12 May 2018 The road closure means that three visitor attractions beyond Hanalei remain inaccessible. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Kauai's Hanalei Colony Resort to remain shut through Sept. 1 because of highway's flood damage," 19 June 2018 Insurance companies typically offer these services for people whose properties are valued at more than $1 million, according to NBC News, making a private firefighting team inaccessible to most people. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The fires in California highlight — and worsen — the state’s income divide," 15 Nov. 2018 Attack submarines are often able to operate closer to enemy targets and coastline undetected, reaching areas typically inaccessible to deeper draft surface ships. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy pursues new stealthy heavyweight attack torpedo," 10 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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inaccessible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inaccessible

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

inaccessible

adjective
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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