[uh-proh-chuh-buh l]


capable of being approached; accessible.
(of a person) easy to meet, know, talk with, etc.

Origin of approachable

First recorded in 1565–75; approach + -able
Related formsap·proach·a·bil·i·ty, ap·proach·a·ble·ness, nounnon·ap·proach·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ap·proach·a·ble, adjectivenon·ap·proach·a·ble·ness, nounre·ap·proach·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for approachable

Contemporary Examples of approachable

Historical Examples of approachable

  • Whatever your taste or temperament, you must surely be approachable by one or the other of these.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • The tent was approachable from the river on the other side of the bluff.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • It was surrounded by a morass, and approachable only by two narrow causeways.

  • He is approachable now—absolutely fascinating, so genial and courteous.

  • Besides, he is such an approachable, courteous, kind-hearted fellow!

    Poor Folk

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

British Dictionary definitions for approachable



capable of being approached; accessible
(of a person) friendly
Derived Formsapproachability or approachableness, noun
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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.

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