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[in-uh k-ses-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn əkˈsɛs ə bəl/
not accessible; unapproachable.
Origin of inaccessible
1545-55; < Late Latin inaccessibilis. See in-3, accessible
Related forms
inaccessibility, inaccessibleness, noun
inaccessibly, adverb
unreachable, remote, unattainable. Unabridged
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  • Advances in horizontal drilling and the hydraulic fracturing of rock have made it possible to get previously inaccessible gas out.
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  • Each of us has a rich inner mental life, one that seems inaccessible to everyone else.
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  • Didn't do the roof because it is damned near inaccessible.
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  • inaccessible is maybe accessible depending upon the experience of the surgeon.
  • The code is thus lost, and the software is inaccessible.
  • E-mail is sometimes inaccessible to students and staff on the move, and text-message systems have been slow.
British Dictionary definitions for inaccessible


not accessible; unapproachable
Derived Forms
inaccessibility, inaccessibleness, noun
inaccessibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inaccessible

early 15c., from Middle French inaccessible (14c.), from Late Latin inaccessibilis "unapproachable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + accessibilis (see accessible). Related: Inaccessibly; inaccessibility. Earlier in same sense was unaccessible (c.1400).

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