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[ak-ses-uh-buh l] /ækˈsɛs ə bəl/
easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use.
that can be used, entered, reached, etc.:
an accessible road; accessible ruins.
obtainable; attainable:
accessible evidence.
open to the influence of (usually followed by to):
accessible to bribery.
Origin of accessible
1600-10; < Late Latin accessibilis. See access, -ible
Related forms
accessibility, noun
accessibly, adverb
nonaccessible, adjective
preaccessible, adjective
unaccessibility, noun
unaccessible, adjective
unaccessibly, adverb
Can be confused
accessible, assessable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accessibility
  • So it's not surprising that his prose demonstrates an unusual blend of sophistication and accessibility.
  • Be sure to scout ahead before getting in the car, as accessibility may vary depending on the time of year.
  • The richness of information and accessibility social networks offer is potentially wonderful.
  • That's why the arguments over usability vs elegance vs accessibility were so intense.
  • Genes are tightly packed in the cellular nucleus and this packing impacts their accessibility and therefore activity.
  • Nothing entails that existence requires accessibility.
  • He believes the device is the future of accessibility for the visually impaired.
  • It presumes no inherent tradeoff between accessibility and profundity.
  • Any larger, and the retreat runs the risk of losing its essence of accessibility.
  • Prizing clarity and accessibility they avoided specialist jargon and pedantic displays of scholarship.
British Dictionary definitions for accessibility


easy to approach, enter, use, or understand
accessible to, likely to be affected by; open to; susceptible to
obtainable; available
easy for disabled people to enter or use
(logic) (of a possible world) surveyable from some other world so that the truth value of statements about it can be known. A statement possibly p is true in a world W if and only if p is true in some worlds accessible to W
Derived Forms
accessibility, noun
accessibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for accessibility

c.1800, from accessible + -ity.



c.1400, "affording access," from Middle French accessible, from Late Latin accessibilis, verbal adjective from Latin accessus "a coming near, approach" (see access (n.)). Meaning "easy to reach" is from 1640s; Of art or writing, "able to be readily understood," 1961 (a term not needed in the years before writing or art often deliberately was made not so).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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