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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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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The upper portion of the fire, north of Guinda, was burning in steep, inaccessible terrain, making firefighting efforts more challenging, Cal Fire said. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Firefighters gain ground, some evacuations lifted: Northern California fires update," 9 July 2018 The book’s title is a reference to the narrator’s autistic older brother, a man rendered remote and inaccessible by his disability. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicles: The Intoxicating Attraction of the Abyss," 8 June 2018 As the terrain was inaccessible by foot, rescuers used a 60-foot winch to pull her out of the ravine. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Missing Korean hiker survives six days at bottom of Australian ravine," 8 June 2018 City officials told Reuters that police files and financial documents were rendered inaccessible by unknown hackers who demanded $51,000 worth of bitcoin to provide digital keys to unlock scrambled files. Laila Kearney, The Christian Science Monitor, "Atlanta strategizes on how to recover from cyberattack," 2 Apr. 2018 Rescuers are combing wreckage for victims - more than 50 people have been rescued but many places remain inaccessible 48 hours after roads were left impassible. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bo's Place offers support to the grieving," 6 Mar. 2018 The abbey sits atop a hill accessed by thin, windy, cobblestone streets, inaccessible by coach. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Sound of Music," 17 Apr. 2017 This section of river can provide excellent fly fishing for trout and is largely inaccessible by road or on foot. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rafters launch stellar season for rivers, water sports," 13 May 2018 But without the ability to peek into its dangerous and inaccessible crater, scientists have struggled to predict what is next. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Drones Peer inside a Volcano," 1 Nov. 2017

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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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