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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 accessible
  • Kudos to the author for highlighting a fascinating topic that is open access and accessible by the general taxpaying public.
  • If you have a heart problem, choosing an island community accessible only by boat might not be the best move.
  • Williams and I have been working on research concerning accessible design and digital resources.
  • For me, this focus on teamwork rather than gore also makes it more accessible.
  • We're making book reviews more accessible without dumbing it down.
  • Be sure to schedule your trip in the summer or fall, when the towns are most accessible.
  • The interior of this birdhouse is easily accessible for cleaning.
  • Net neutrality is crucial to an accessible, equitable Web.
  • The Ottoman archives are accessible to historians, they're even posted online.
  • All facilities are wheelchair accessible.
British Dictionary definitions for accessible


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 accessible

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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