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Accessible

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Acce'ssible. adj. [accessibilis, Lat. accessible, Fr.] That which may be approached; that which we may reach or arrive at.

It is applied both to persons and things, with the particle to.

In conversation, the tempers of men are open and accessible, their attention is awake, and their minds disposed to receive the strongest impressions; and what is spoken is generally more affecting, and more apposite to particular occasions. Rogers.

As an island, we are accessible on every side, and exposed to perpetual invasions; against which it is impossible to fortify ourselves sufficiently, without a power at sea. Addison's Freeholder.

Those things, which were indeed inexplicable, have been rackt and tortured to discover themselves, while the plainer and more accessible truths, as if despicable while easy, are clouded and obscured. Decay of Piety.

Some lie more open to our senses and daily observation; others are more occult and hidden, and though accessible, in some measure, to our senses, yet not without great search and scrutiny, or some happy accident. Hale's Origin of Mankind.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Rogers, John (38)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Latin (690)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Accessible." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 31, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1500.


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