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 More than any other sort of Presidential event, rallies on college campuses risk exposing the incompatibility between a playful campaign billing—free pizza, live music—and the grim messaging of stump speeches in the era of Donald Trump. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Bernie Sanders’s Enduring Appeal to the Youth Vote in Iowa," 11 Sep. 2019 This incompatibility in the volume measurements means that the resulting inequality is between the wrong quantities, Scholze and Stix assert. Quanta Magazine, "Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of incompatibility

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Incompatibility.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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