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

Examples of incompatibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That incompatibility, though nothing new, fails Black people by design, and that failure has damaged us all. Sydette Harry, Wired, "Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can't Figure Out," 11 Jan. 2021 These conflicts, like the incompatibility of quantum mechanics and general relativity, might imply that physics is incomplete or wrong. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Is the Schrödinger Equation True?," 7 Jan. 2021 Rusada could appeal the CAS decision only under limited grounds, such as a lack of jurisdiction, violation of procedural rules or incompatibility with public policy, but winning that is a long shot. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Sports Court Cuts Russia Doping Ban in Half," 17 Dec. 2020 Turkey’s deal also received the ire of other allies due it the system’s incompatibility with NATO. Elvan Katmer, Fox News, "US sanctions could further strain relations with NATO ally Turkey amid Biden transition: analysts," 15 Dec. 2020 But the incompatibility of conservatism with conspiracy theories is more fundamental. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Real conservatives don't believe in conspiracy theories," 4 Dec. 2020 This incompatibility remains a significant weakness for Windows-on-Arm PCs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft refreshes Surface Pro X tablet with a faster SQ2 chip and new color options," 1 Oct. 2020 The book is also chock-full of appeals to papal encyclicals, writings, and statements condemning socialism and emphasizing its incompatibility with the Catholic faith. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "A Conservative’s Revisionist History Aims at Marx — and Misses the Mark," 3 Sep. 2020 Differences in attitude or lifestyle, at times, has put a wedge in their relationships, leading to suspicion, accusations, and a general sense of incompatibility. Anthony Akaeze, The Christian Science Monitor, "How George Floyd’s death united Africans and African-Americans," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of incompatibility

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Incompatibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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