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[uh-proh-chuh-buh l] /əˈproʊ tʃə bəl/
capable of being approached; accessible.
(of a person) easy to meet, know, talk with, etc.
Origin of approachable
1565-75; approach + -able
Related forms
approachability, approachableness, noun
nonapproachability, noun
nonapproachable, adjective
nonapproachableness, noun
reapproachable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for approachable
  • Our talent mirrors the demographic of our guest, they are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable.
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  • Of course, many challenges to sustainability remain, but they become approachable with such a capable tool.
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  • When smiling, all of us look more approachable and amiable.
  • It is one of those ugly realities that only seem approachable through statistics and ratios that compare applicants to openings.
  • Timely and appropriate humor can help students see their professors as authentic and approachable.
  • He has the deep tan of a dedicated snowboarder and a salt-and-pepper goatee that gives him a casual, approachable air.
British Dictionary definitions for approachable


capable of being approached; accessible
(of a person) friendly
Derived Forms
approachability, approachableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for approachable

1570s, from approach (v.) + -able. Figurative sense, "affable, friendly," is from 1610s. Related: Approachably; approachability.

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