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compatible

adjective com·pat·i·ble \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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
4 : capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without reaction (such as agglutination or tissue rejection)
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

compatibility

play \kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

compatibleness

play \kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

compatibly

play \kəm-ˈpa-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of compatible in a Sentence

  1. two people with compatible personalities

  2. This printer is compatible with most PCs.

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Origin and Etymology of compatible

Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, literally, sympathetic, from Late Latin compati


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compatible

noun

Definition of compatible

plural compatibles
: a device (such as a computer) or system designed to be used with another device or system without modification
  • This game is available on disk as well as in a full-voiced CD edition for PCs and compatibles.
  • —Scott A. May

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First Known Use of compatible

1972


COMPATIBLE Defined for Kids

compatible

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

Definition of compatible for Students

: capable of existing together in harmony

Medical Dictionary

compatible

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

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
3 of medications : capable of being administered jointly without interacting to produce deleterious effects or impairing their respective actions

compatibility

play \-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties


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