incompatible


in·com·pat·i·ble

adjective \ˌin-kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl\

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

: not able to be used together

Full Definition of INCOMPATIBLE

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

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with INCOMPATIBLE

in·com·pat·i·ble

adjective \ˌin-kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INCOMPATIBLE

1
: unsuitable for use together because of chemical interaction or antagonistic physiological effects <incompatible drugs>
2
of 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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