Definition of accessible in English:



  • 1(of a place) able to be reached or entered.

    ‘the town is accessible by bus’
    ‘this room is not accessible to elderly people’
    • ‘The town is also accessible by good roads, has an airport and a harbour, but all these facilities need tourist upgrading.’
    • ‘Coun Hilary Cripps said the toilets at Chantry Lane were not accessible to wheelchair users and if the town hall toilets closed, it would leave just George Lane toilets for the disabled.’
    • ‘If Millfield Park is not accessible by public transport, persuade someone to take you there.’
    • ‘The graveyard is only accessible by sea, so sailors from the Type 22 warship hopped in a boat provided by the British Embassy in the Omani capital, Muscat, to reach the cove.’
    • ‘The service and food were good as always, but this room is not accessible to elderly and handicapped people.’
    • ‘The site is accessible by means of a narrow path on the southern side.’
    • ‘The land is accessible by means of existing public rights of way and a regular bus service.’
    • ‘The site is accessible by a choice of means of transport.’
    • ‘The city centre is easily accessible by bus or on foot.’
    • ‘A lot of housing estates are not accessible by car so I can get to places they can't.’
    • ‘Roads are excellent and many of the prime areas are accessible by 2WD vehicles although for the most remote areas it is only safe to travel in convoys of 4WD vehicles.’
    • ‘The location is accessible by car and motorcycle, but to get to the crater itself you have to walk another three kilometers along a path.’
    • ‘She also comments that there are no laws in Lebanon ensuring that public areas are accessible to disabled people.’
    • ‘It is difficult to get food to Seliyarovo because the 420-person village is only accessible by car or helicopter.’
    • ‘She complained that the steps up to the health centre were not accessible to anyone in a wheelchair or with a pram and called for structural improvements to be carried out on the centre urgently.’
    • ‘Of course, not all destinations are accessible by bus, and you can't always cram two kids and the family dog onto a Greyhound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most sites and programs in the park are accessible to persons with disabilities.’
    • ‘Peace and quiet is available further north at Scotland Bay, but that area is not accessible by road.’
    • ‘BBC Birmingham's new production centre is more accessible to the public than ever before.’
    reachable, attainable, approachable, within reach, available, on hand, obtainable
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    1. 1.1 Able to be easily obtained or used.
      ‘making learning opportunities more accessible to adults’
      • ‘Nor were schools easily accessible to the larger majority of Sicilians; only the wealthy were able to take advantage of the limited opportunities.’
      • ‘A spokesperson for Ms Harney said she is committed to making the full range of cancer services available and accessible to cancer patients throughout Ireland.’
      • ‘He said the government would ‘urgently consider’ a recommendation that a register be set up which was easily accessible to those needing to check a person's past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not only is online information easily accessible to employees, it frees human resources staff to deal with non-routine issues.’
      • ‘But keep them easily accessible to people in the house, in case of fire.’
      • ‘It's really about ensuring that the company resources are maintained and easily accessible to the right people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It said primary care trusts must pay much more attention to men's health, particularly by making local services more easily accessible to them.’
      • ‘Ever since signing with Nike, the 125-year-old club's merchandise bas been easily accessible to American soccer fans.’
      • ‘This will make data regarding what material is available accessible to a wider group of researchers.’
      • ‘The Xbox Live Marketplace is accessible to everyone who connects their Xbox 360 console to a broadband connection and creates an Xbox Live account.’
      • ‘But materials available in private collections and religious establishments are not easily accessible to scholars.’
      • ‘This keeps great volumes of data easily accessible to users at all times without overloading primary storage or requiring expensive disk purchases for less active data.’
      • ‘The NCC should be easily accessible to children and should have in-built mechanisms like toll-free phone lines and the presence of children's friends.’
      • ‘Thus, foraging habitat was readily accessible to cowbirds on all study sites.’
      • ‘The BIND database and its associated software tools are easily accessible to both academics and commercial companies worldwide.’
      • ‘Except, of course, health care isn't easily accessible to all.’
      • ‘Everything is easily accessible to the customer, who is left free to browse until assistance is needed.’
      • ‘Store the information on your computer, but also make a hard copy that is easily accessible to your family.’
      available, to be had, in circulation, on the market, on offer, in season, at one's disposal, at hand, gettable, procurable, securable, acquirable, realizable, achievable, attainable, ready
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    2. 1.2 Easily understood or appreciated.
      ‘an accessible account of his theories’
      • ‘It is one of the world's most well loved ballets and is easily accessible to those whose knowledge of classical ballet is only limited.’
      • ‘Sometimes, paradoxically, you can even use ambiguity to make the story more understandable or accessible.’
      • ‘He interjects a tiny bit of singing into his standard toasting, which certainly makes things more accessible if you can't understand what he is saying.’
      • ‘The author's prose is clear and his image of Zimbabwe is accessible and understandable, if perhaps oversimplified.’
      • ‘And the supporting studies are more accessible to the intelligent layperson than some reports suggest.’
      • ‘Appreciation of context transforms knowledge to understanding, and only education can make that context accessible to us.’
      • ‘Many of these methods are not yet widely used because they are not easily understood or packaged in accessible ways.’
      • ‘The result is a complex, overlapping set of rules which is most undesirable in the sphere of consumer protection where remedies should be accessible and understandable.’
      • ‘It's not just the picture on the front cover but the 130 inside that make this book easily accessible to those who are not familiar with the area.’
      • ‘For all his commitment to the faith and practice of the church, Childs has not written a commentary easily accessible to those working in the church.’
      • ‘On balance though, this book expertly manages to bring history alive and makes this important period in European and Moroccan history easily accessible to a wider audience.’
      • ‘However, his accounts were personal and, at times, not entirely accessible to the audience.’
      • ‘And only Shiller found a way to make economics and business accessible, compelling, understandable - human.’
      • ‘It is accessible to any listener who can understand Barber's Adagio for Strings or Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.’
      • ‘Third, he made it all accessible to the intelligent layman in simple, lucid English.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This book is a pleasure to read and should be readily accessible to anyone with even a basic understanding of early American history.’
      • ‘Although I imagine those with more knowledge of the other series will have a deeper understanding, it is still quite accessible to neophytes like myself.’
      • ‘Pop-rock is rock music that's accessible enough to be appreciated by anybody.’
      • ‘The sooner educationalists use accessible and understandable terms, the more sensible their pronouncements will become.’
      understandable, comprehensible, easy to understand, easy to appreciate, intelligible, penetrable, fathomable, graspable, approachable
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    3. 1.3 Able to be reached, entered, or used by people who have a disability.
      ‘features such as non-slip floors and accessible entrances’
      • ‘The case against MS sufferer Biz Ivol may have to be heard outwith Kirkwall Sheriff Court - as the building is not accessible for wheelchair users.’
      • ‘They also had to do a lot of construction on the building, redo all the plumbing and make it wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘The restaurant is non-smoking and wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘The main entrance has been made wheelchair accessible and much improved.’
      • ‘Improved student facilities would also be provided, along with better access for staff and student wheelchair users to ensure the new campus is 100 per cent wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘After a couple of months of rehabilitation at a Calgary hospital, Berg and van Breda moved to Steveston where they have purchased a home and made it wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘It is accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and there is limited disabled parking.’
      • ‘All Museum buildings are wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘With the aid of the community and its residents, we will raise the money to build a house that is wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘Several key buildings in Waterford, including churches, are still not recognising the needs of disabled people because they're not wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘Almost the entire venue, including all stages and podiums, was wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘Wendy, Jack and Caryn helped design Quarantine Reserve in 1988 to make sure it was fully accessible for people in wheelchairs, and even the barbecues have ramps so they can be used by all.’
      • ‘As a society we are still designing buses and taxis according to non-disabled norms, rather than ensuring that any taxi or bus is accessible for wheelchairs and prams and other exceptions to the norm.’
      • ‘The museum is fully accessible, and wheelchairs are available.’
      • ‘Should she return to work before then, it is likely that some adjustments would have to be made at the courts to make them more accessible for wheelchair users.’
      • ‘It's completely non-smoking, although there's a smoking room downstairs, and a sizeable flight of steps up to the front door means that it's not wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘Mayo County librarian, Austin Vaughan, told the Western People that the mobile library is currently being upgraded to become wheelchair accessible.’
      • ‘All of these tests were done in our large, airy, wheelchair accessible, multi-purpose community hall.’
      • ‘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 museum is wheelchair accessible and allows people of all ages and abilities to participate in what Gillies assures is an informative, educational and fun experience.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Anyone who met him at the conventions can attest to how friendly and accessible he was.’
    • ‘He's friendly and accessible.… and he's pushing me to write a review of a French academic work for a major journal.’
    • ‘But I think he will appreciate it for its openness, I hope, and how it helps to make Jesus approachable, accessible.’
    • ‘We want people to feel they are an accessible and approachable channel of communication.’
    • ‘By and large, says Big Fat's chief strategy officer, John Palumbo, he picks people who are accessible and easy to speak with.’
    • ‘Really smart, very friendly, accessible, and definitely more on top of what is going on in the lab.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two, in doing this, try to identify a mentor to whom you can speak about your feelings, primarily a friend that is accessible.’
    • ‘‘It's important for me that I am accessible and approachable, it doesn't matter what level or who the participants are,’ said Cattermole.’
    • ‘Students learn from their peer teachers, enjoy the contact with peers from the class ahead of them and find the peer teachers accessible and easy to ask questions.’
    • ‘Not necessarily accessible, but approachable, you know?’
    approachable, available, easy-going, informal, friendly, welcoming, hospitable, pleasant, agreeable, obliging, congenial, affable, cordial
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Late Middle English: from late Latin accessibilis, from Latin access- ‘approached’, from the verb accedere (see accede).