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 This City presents about the basic incompatibility between members of the police and those being policed. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2022 Design changes in the past year helped address the incompatibility with the corridor’s track and its catenary system — the overhead wires that supply the train with electricity. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 In that case, the longstanding rivalry between Epic Games and Valve might have something to do with the incompatibility. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 The absence of global frameworks and regulations surrounding the use of digital networks, technology, cross-border data transfers and privacy could lead to incompatibility in infrastructure and protocols. Steve Durbin, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 One reason for the rejection was an unavoidable blood-type incompatibility—there were no Type O baboons available. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The second and core barrier to xenotransplantation was the incompatibility of the human immune system to foreign animal tissues. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Exosomes can also, in some instances, be used across species, without concern for immunological or genetic incompatibility, because miRNAs are often universal. Philip W. Askenase, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 Is there a cultural incompatibility with the American standard? Chris Westfall, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of incompatibility

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Apr 2022

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“Incompatibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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