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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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  • Egrets are shy, and are approachable only in the breeding season.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • Whatever your taste or temperament, you must surely be approachable by one or the other of these.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • The blazing woods are approachable only on the windward side, and even here the heat is blistering.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • The tent was approachable from the river on the other side of the bluff.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • Babbitt utterly repudiated the view that he had been trying to discover how approachable was Miss McGoun.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for approachable


capable of being approached; accessible
(of a person) friendly
Derived Forms
approachability, approachableness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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