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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
From the Late Latin word accessibilis, dating back to 1600-10. 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
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  • The kind of renown most accessible and acceptable to mediocrity.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • "accessible in two hundred years, all right," insisted Dick serenely.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • When sober, he was accessible, conversable, and devoid of pride.

  • He had first of all to build 350 miles of railroad to make the spot at all accessible.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • All parts are then exposed, and accessible for inspection and repairs.

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
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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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