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compatible

adjective com·pat·i·ble \kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl\

: able to exist together without trouble or conflict : going together well

of devices and especially computers : able to be used together

Full Definition of COMPATIBLE

1
:  capable of existing together in harmony <compatible theories> <compatible people>
2
:  capable of cross-fertilizing freely or uniting vegetatively
3
:  capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
4
:  capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without immunological reaction (as agglutination or tissue rejection)
5
:  designed to work with another device or system without modification; especially :  being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer
com·pat·i·bil·i·ty \-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
compatible noun
com·pat·i·ble·ness \-ˈpa-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
com·pat·i·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of COMPATIBLE

  1. two people with compatible personalities
  2. This printer is compatible with most PCs.

Origin of COMPATIBLE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, literally, sympathetic, from Late Latin compati
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with COMPATIBLE

COMPATIBILITY Defined for Kids

compatible

adjective com·pat·i·ble \kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl\

Definition of COMPATIBLE for Kids

:  capable of existing together in harmony
Medical Dictionary

compatible

adjective com·pat·i·ble \kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl\

Medical Definition of COMPATIBLE

1
:  capable of existing together in a satisfactory relationship (as marriage)
2
:  capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without immunological reaction (as agglutination or tissue rejection) <treatment of hemophilia by transfusion of compatible blood>
3
of medications :  capable of being administered jointly without interacting to produce deleterious effects or impairing their respective actions
com·pat·i·bil·i·ty \-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural com·pat·i·bil·i·ties

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