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
Some are compatible only with specific cars, such as Teslas.
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!
Standard Zoom Sony E 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS, $350 The Sony E 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS is a powerful lens that’s compatible with Sony’s mirrorless cameras, such as the Alpha a6500 and a6300.
According to material for the meeting, during that project last August, staff discovered the dimmer system in the auditorium is not compatible with the controls for the new LED lights.
Snack lovers, be warned: This laptop isn’t compatible with Doritos fingers.
But that chamber also fits Logitech’s new charging contact, a circular disk that snaps in magnetically and can be removed and placed in any other compatible mouse.
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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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