Definition of inaccessible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinakˈsesəb(ə)l/


1Unable to be reached: a remote and inaccessible cave
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  • The team of officers will also be able to respond quickly to 999 calls and reach areas inaccessible to vehicles.
  • They penetrated ravines and reached precipitous mountain peaks inaccessible to mechanized troops.
  • Twelve months ago, the annus horribilis was launched on the spectacular floodwaters which made North Yorkshire inaccessible to all except oarsmen - or so the world was led to believe.
unreachable, out of reach, unapproachable;
cutoff, isolated, remote, insular, in the back of beyond, out of the way, lonely, solitary, godforsaken
1.1Unable to be used: such costs would make litigation inaccessible to private individuals
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  • Much of this audio was hitherto inaccessible, locked in record company vaults, private collections, archives and radio station libraries.
  • Unemployment in South Africa is at 40% and for those individuals, antiretrovirals are just inaccessible.
  • Due to rising rates that accompany privatization, electricity has become similarly inaccessible for thousands of families.
2(Of language or an artistic work) difficult to understand or appreciate.
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  • We continue to sign collective agreements that are generally written in complex and inaccessible language.
  • Sure Godard's work is inaccessible, but at least he's not trying to force feed emotion to the masses.
  • Positivism, by example at least, also molds the position of sharp critics such as deconstructionists, whose inaccessible language is a measure of their distance from the public.
incomprehensible, impenetrable, inscrutable, baffling;
elitist, exclusive, pretentious
3(Of a person) not open to advances or influence; unapproachable.
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  • He'd heard about the Nuba and he wanted to find them, but they were very inaccessible.
  • He is as incomprehensible as he is inaccessible.
  • They are polite to the ‘English’ but inaccessible and unapproachable; they don't take photographs and frown on others photographing them.



Pronunciation: /ˌinaksesəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • Their relative isolation and inaccessibility has helped to entrench them in their attitudes and traditions.
  • Shakespeare was an experimental writer whose business was ‘to present character in all its inaccessibility, in language at least as opaque as necessary’.
  • Returning through the main door, I remarked to the duty porter that it was a shame about the inaccessibility of the pretty gardens that flank each side of this principal entry to the wards.


Example sentences
  • Literature allows an opening into our place - into elements of our lifeworlds inaccessibly buoyed, submerged darkly and refracted just out of our reach.
  • It has crisp, golden crackling and tender, juicy meat, is easy to cook and easy to serve, and is neither intimidatingly large nor inaccessibly expensive.
  • The Inland Sea is a shallow saltwater lake with a swim-through 150m long to the outer and inaccessibly steep cliffs.


Late Middle English: from French, or from late Latin inaccessibilis, from in- 'not' + accessibilis (see accessible).

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