in·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce incompatibility (audio) \
plural incompatibilities

Definition of incompatibility

1a : the quality or state of being incompatible
b : lack of interfertility between two plants
2 incompatibilities plural : mutually antagonistic things or qualities

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The incompatibility between Communism and Nazism was considered by all to be existential — and permanent. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago," 15 Aug. 2019 The incompatibility between communism and Nazism was considered by all to be existential — and permanent. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: The bad deal that led directly to the start of World War II," 15 Aug. 2019 Compare this launcher incompatibility announcement to the run-up to storage-access protections in Android Q. Scoped storage has the potential to break Android apps, so Google announced it with Beta 1 in March. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Q’s gesture navigation won’t support custom home apps at launch," 10 July 2019 One hundred years after Albert Einstein developed his general theory of relativity, physicists are still stuck with perhaps the biggest incompatibility problem in the universe. Quanta Magazine, "Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox," 24 Apr. 2015 The Founders did not see, as some see today, any incompatibility between the rights of property and the rights of man. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 Their incompatibility leads physicists to suspect that a more fundamental theory is needed to unify all four forces of nature and describe them at all scales. Quanta Magazine, "How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity," 14 Nov. 2018 Relationships worthy of poetry have overcome more than a little kink incompatibility, and sometimes you might be turned on by different things for totally different reasons. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Kink-Shaming 101: The Stigma-Free Guide to Disclosing Your Sexual Kinks and Fetishes," 3 Oct. 2018 The Nintendo Switch USB-C port, for example, doesn’t work with USB-C headsets due to Nintendo’s own design, and that incompatibility includes the Hammerhead. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC review: easy isolation," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of incompatibility

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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in·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-kəm-ˌpa-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\
plural incompatibilities

Kids Definition of incompatibility

: the quality or state of being incompatible software incompatibility


in·​com·​pat·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-kəm-ˌpat-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce incompatibility (audio) \
plural incompatibilities

Medical Definition of incompatibility

: the quality or state of being incompatible chemical incompatibility

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