backward compatible

adjective
variants: or less commonly backwards compatible

Definition of backward 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

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backward compatibility or less commonly backwards compatibility noun

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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