[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. access point,
  2. access road,
  3. access time,
  4. accessary,
  5. accessibility,
  6. accession,
  7. accession number,
  8. accessorial,
  9. accessorius,
  10. accessorize

Origin of accessible

From the Late Latin word accessibilis, dating back to 1600–10. See access, -ible

Related forms
Can be confusedaccessible assessable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accessible


/ (əkˈsɛsəbəl) /


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 Formsaccessibility, nounaccessibly, 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