Definition of accessible in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛsɪb(ə)l/


1(Of a place) able to be reached or entered: the town is accessible by bus this room is not accessible to elderly people
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  • If Millfield Park is not accessible by public transport, persuade someone to take you there.
  • Destitute area residents live in homes constructed of mud, sticks and stones and the villages are only accessible by mountain dirt roads and foot paths.
  • The town is also accessible by good roads, has an airport and a harbour, but all these facilities need tourist upgrading.
reachable, attainable, approachable, within reach, available, on hand, obtainable;
nearby, ready, convenient, handy
informal get-at-able
1.1Able to be easily obtained or used: making learning opportunities more accessible to adults
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  • But materials available in private collections and religious establishments are not easily accessible to scholars.
  • He tried several detoxification centres, including one in Cuba, but said most of the Caribbean's medical services were not easily accessible to addicts and people with mental health problems.
  • He said the Council wanted to maximise the use of the park and ride buses and now hoped the public would fully support the service which would be convenient and easily accessible to visitors and commuters alike.
1.2Easily understood or appreciated: an accessible account of his theories
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  • For the purpose of this review, it is important to stress the book's lively, engaging, jargon - free tone, making it accessible to any intelligent reader.
  • And the supporting studies are more accessible to the intelligent layperson than some reports suggest.
  • Third, he made it all accessible to the intelligent layman in simple, lucid English.
understandable, comprehensible, easy to understand, easy to appreciate, intelligible, penetrable, fathomable, graspable, approachable
1.3Able to be reached, entered, or used by people who have a disability: features such as non-slip floors and accessible entrances
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  • He said that it would not be possible to make the main entrance wheelchair accessible but that the council would try to widen some of the paths.
  • The main entrance has been made wheelchair accessible and much improved.
  • They also had to do a lot of construction on the building, redo all the plumbing and make it wheelchair accessible.
2(Of a person, especially one in a position of authority) friendly and easy to talk to; approachable: he is more accessible than most tycoons
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  • I think of myself as a very friendly, easy, accessible guy, but I seem to intimidate people, or at least the fact of who I am intimidates people.
  • It changed my mind about backpackers, as I discovered they were cheaper and often better quality than most hotels, and the people are more accessible and friendlier.
  • He's friendly and accessible.… and he's pushing me to write a review of a French academic work for a major journal.
approachable, available, easy-going, informal, friendly, welcoming, hospitable, pleasant, agreeable, obliging, congenial, affable, cordial



Example sentences
  • While Rand was hardly the first philosopher to advocate an ethos of individualism, reason, and self-interest, no one formulated it as accessibly or persuasively as she did - or as passionately.
  • Yet the real strength of this book lies not in any new theoretical formulations Cousins develops, but rather in his abundant knowledge of world cinema, and in his ability to share it accessibly in a clear, reader-friendly way.
  • The newly launched Discovery Series will shed some light, accessibly presenting performing arts from various players in the community.


Late Middle English: from late Latin accessibilis, from Latin access- 'approached', from the verb accedere (see accede).

Words that rhyme with accessible

compressible, impressible, inexpressible, irrepressible, repressible

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