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
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: capable of cross-fertilizing freely or uniting vegetatively
3
: capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
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: capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without reaction (such as agglutination or tissue rejection)
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: 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

Examples of compatible in a Sentence

Adjective two people with compatible personalities This printer is compatible with most PCs.
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Adjective
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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 25 May. 2024.

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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