compatible

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

Definition of compatible

  1. 1 :  capable of existing together in harmony <compatible theories> <compatible people>

  2. 2 :  capable of cross-fertilizing freely or uniting vegetatively

  3. 3 :  capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction

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

  5. 5 :  designed to work with another device or system without modification; especially :  being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer

compatibility

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compatible

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compatibleness

play \-ˈpa-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

compatibly

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Examples of compatible in a sentence

  1. two people with compatible personalities

  2. This printer is compatible with most PCs.

Origin and Etymology of compatible

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


First Known Use: 15th century


COMPATIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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

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

compatible

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

Definition of compatible for Students

  1. :  capable of existing together in harmony


Medical Dictionary

compatible

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

Medical Definition of compatible

  1. 1:  capable of existing together in a satisfactory relationship (as marriage)

  2. 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. 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

compatibilities



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