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
5 : designed to work with another device or system without modification The printer is compatible with most computers.; especially : being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer
compatibilityplay \kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
compatiblenessplay \kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
compatiblyplay \kəm-ˈpa-tə-blē\ adverb
Examples of compatible in a Sentence
two people with compatible personalities
This printer is compatible with most PCs.
Recent Examples of compatible from the Web
The pods are compatible with all Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers, making your morning wake and bake as simple as pushing a button.
The former sorts of idealism and nationalism are plainly preferable, and compatible with one another; the latter are inferior and incompatible — and unfortunately, lately we’ve been getting too much of them.
All districts redrawn after the latest census must be compact, compatible, contiguous and respect natural and political boundaries.
Some are compatible only with specific cars, such as Teslas.
The city has been upgrading its traffic signals to be compatible with autonomous vehicles.
While that's interesting, from a practical standpoint, many more products are compatible with Alexa than with Google Home.
First impression Compatible with all Clarisonic face devices, the Sonic Foundation Brush snaps directly on to your device in the same way as the brand’s cleansing brush heads.
A pen, a stylus, and an Android & Lightning compatible powerbank all in one!
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Origin and Etymology of compatible
Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, literally, sympathetic, from Late Latin compati
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
COMPATIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compatible for English Language Learners
: able to exist together without trouble or conflict : going together well
of devices and especially computers : able to be used together
COMPATIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of compatible for Students
: capable of existing together in harmony
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
3of medications : capable of being administered jointly without interacting to produce deleterious effects or impairing their respective actions
compatibility\-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
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