compatible

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adjective

com·​pat·​i·​ble kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio)
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 noun
compatibleness noun
compatibly adverb

compatible

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noun

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

Example Sentences

Adjective two people with compatible personalities This printer is compatible with most PCs.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
MyQ is compatible with Google Assistant but unfortunately not with Alexa. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 15 Nov. 2022 The cupholder expands from 2.6 to 3.9 inches and is still compatible with bottles, mugs, and cups with a 3.4- to 3.8-inch diameter. Jon Langston, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022 This Hisense TV is loaded with Roku’s interface to make a user-friendly television viewing experience, one that’s easy to navigate and is compatible with thousands of streaming channels and apps. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2022 One thing that is not compatible with this masterpiece of authoritarianism is the inheritance of leadership. WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 The stand is compatible with a tree that's up to 5 feet tall and weighs up to 150 pounds with lights and ornaments. Hannah Kirby, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 The stand is compatible with a tree that's up to 5 feet tall and weighs up to 150 pounds with lights and ornaments. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2022 Sony's new headset is not compatible with the PS4 and will not work with original PlayStation VR games, either. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2022 Just make sure to double-check that their phone is compatible with the remote first. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 27 Oct. 2022
Noun
All televisions marketed as HDR-compatible should support this standard. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2019 In addition to its slightly larger 10.2-inch retina display, features like the Smart Connector make the new tablet compatible with the full-size Smart Keyboard once relegated to the iPad Pro. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 10 Sep. 2019 Look for cases that are wireless charging-compatible. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2018 With the success of the PC and PC compatibles, Microsoft became hugely successful. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2018 Each zip file contains a vector EPS (Adobe Illustrator version 8+ compatible) and some artists will also include PDF and AI files as well. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2018 Microsoft is also warning, again, that all Windows updates now require the use of a compatible, up-to-date anti-virus program. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 1 Mar. 2018 All are also equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems, and are Apple CarPlay compatible. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, 24 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compatible was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compatible. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

compatible

adjective

com·​pat·​i·​ble kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio)
1
: capable of existing together in harmony
compatible colors
compatible devices
2
: able to cross-fertilize freely
compatible plants
compatibility noun

Medical Definition

compatible

adjective

com·​pat·​i·​ble kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio)
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 noun
plural compatibilities

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