[ ak-ses-uh-buhl ]
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  1. easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use.

  2. able to be used, entered, reached, etc.: an accessible road; accessible Mayan ruins.

  1. suitable for disabled people to reach, enter, or use, as a result of design modifications: wheelchair-accessible vans;modified controllers to make video games accessible.

  2. readily understandable: Students may believe that poetry is not accessible because of its metaphorical language.

  3. obtainable; attainable: accessible evidence.

  4. open to the influence of (usually followed by to): accessible to bribery.

Origin of accessible

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, Middle French, from Late Latin accessibilis; see origin at access, -ible

Other words from accessible

  • ac·ces·si·bil·i·ty [ak-ses-uh-bil-uh-tee] /ækˌsɛs əˈbɪl ə ti/ noun
  • ac·ces·si·bly, adverb
  • non·ac·ces·si·ble, adjective
  • pre·ac·ces·si·ble, adjective
  • un·ac·ces·si·ble, adjective
  • un·ac·ces·si·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with accessible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use accessible in a sentence

  • Each is accessibly written and by a person who knows China well.

    The Must-Read China List | Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom | January 20, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The magnetos are very accessibly located on a bracket on the spur gear cover.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Nowhere so accessibly, so fully, and so truthfully will be found the state of Henry the Eighth's England set forth.

    The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 | Sebastian Brandt

British Dictionary definitions for accessible


/ (əkˈsɛsəbəl) /

  1. easy to approach, enter, use, or understand

  2. accessible to likely to be affected by; open to; susceptible to

  1. obtainable; available

  2. easy for disabled people to enter or use

  3. 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 of accessible

  • accessibility, noun
  • accessibly, adverb

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