backward compatible

adjective

variants or less commonly backwards compatible
: compatible with older equipment or previous versions of software
Dolby Digital is backward compatible and supports earlier versions of Dolby such as Pro Logic.Consumer Reports
backward compatibility noun
or less commonly backwards compatibility

Examples of backward compatible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The headset is also fully backward compatible with over 500 titles designed for earlier Quest headsets, and it can be connected to a PC via Link Cable or Air Link wireless connection for PC VR experiences. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 28 Sep. 2023 This tri-band mesh router can potentially download a 4K movie in 10 seconds, is backward compatible with existing Eeros and older Wi-Fi versions, and packs in four Ethernet ports (two 10 Gbps and two 2.5 Gbps). WIRED, 20 Sep. 2023 This includes hosting and running the code with enough compute power at the time of recovery in another region, adapting the code to make sure all of the cloud resources are supported, maintaining the version of the IaC server and making sure that all the code is backward compatible. Govind Rangasamy, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Each of the protocols is backward compatible. Simon Hill, Wired, 28 June 2022 PS Plus subscribers can download one PS5 title and two PS4 titles that are backward compatible on PS5. Erik Kain, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 The Joy-Con controllers, too, are nothing new, though the new Switch is backward compatible with older Joy-Cons. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Like previous standards, Wi-Fi 7 will be backward compatible. Simon Hill, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2022 For connecting with the outside world, the Baseus has a Gigabit Ethernet port that’s backward compatible with slower standards. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backward compatible was in 1975

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“Backward compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backward%20compatible. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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