incompatibility

noun
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 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 Windows 10 version 1703 was blocked for systems using Intel's Clover Trail processor because of an incompatibility issue with the GPU driver. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 1809: iCloud incompatibility fixed, but other blockers remain," 28 Nov. 2018 Using DeX, even with all the aforementioned accessories, is still slow, cumbersome, and frustrating, with app incompatibilities and bottlenecks. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: more, more, more," 17 Aug. 2018 Microsoft uses information about successes, failures, and incompatibilities collected from the earliest systems to receive the update to determine whether it should be made more widely available. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 April 2018 Update now open to all, thanks to machine learning," 14 June 2018 For women who are able to reintroduce their own tissue into their bodies after chemotherapy, this is not an issue—but for anyone reliant on donor tissue, problems ranging from follicle-ovary incompatibility to outright graft rejection may occur. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of incompatibility

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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incompatibility

noun
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

incompatibility

noun
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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