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incompatible

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

Simple Definition of incompatible

  • : not able to exist together without trouble or conflict : not going together well

  • : not able to be used together

Full Definition of incompatible

  1. 1 :  incapable of being held by one person at one time —used of offices that make conflicting demands on the holder

  2. 2 :  not compatible: as a :  incapable of association or harmonious coexistence <incompatible colors> b :  unsuitable for use together because of undesirable chemical or physiological effects <incompatible drugs> c :  not both true <incompatible propositions> d :  incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture

incompatible noun
in·com·pat·i·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of incompatible

  1. This printer is incompatible with some PCs.

  2. <the committee's incompatible goals—develop new projects and cut costs—meant that they got very little accomplished>



Origin of incompatible

Middle English, from Medieval Latin incompatibilis, from Latin in- + Medieval Latin compatibilis compatible


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with incompatible


INCOMPATIBLE Defined for Kids

incompatible

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

Definition of incompatible

  1. 1 :  not able to exist together without trouble or conflict <incompatible workers> <incompatible plans>

  2. 2 :  not able to be used together <This video game is incompatible with that system.>




Medical Dictionary

incompatible

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

Medical Definition of incompatible

  1. 1:  unsuitable for use together because of chemical interaction or antagonistic physiological effects <incompatible drugs>

  2. 2of blood or serum :  unsuitable for use in a particular transfusion because of the presence of agglutinins that act against the recipient's red blood cells





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