incompatible

adjective
in·com·pat·i·ble | \ˌin-kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl \

Definition of incompatible 

1 : incapable of being held by one person at one time used of offices that make conflicting demands on the holder

2 : not compatible: such as

a : incapable of association or harmonious coexistence incompatible colors

b : unsuitable for use together because of undesirable chemical or physiological effects incompatible drugs

c : not both true incompatible propositions

d : incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture

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Other Words from incompatible

incompatible noun
incompatibly \ˌin-kəm-ˈpa-tə-blē \ adverb

Examples of incompatible in a Sentence

This printer is incompatible with some PCs. the committee's incompatible goals—develop new projects and cut costs—meant that they got very little accomplished

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If the Supreme Court rules tomorrow that the ban is incompatible with the U.K.’s Human Rights Act, May will be under even more pressure to act. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Why Ireland’s Abortion Result Is a Political Headache for British Prime Minister Theresa May," 6 June 2018 One of her granddaddies was a Pentecostal preacher, the other a moonshiner, and neither seemed incompatible with Klan teachings. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018 Ireland was always going to complicate Brexit, for Mrs May’s objectives seem incompatible. The Economist, "Theresa May’s Irish stew," 24 May 2018 Irregular crossings and asylum claims are at their lowest for years, but elections have thrown up difficult governments committed to mutually incompatible policies. The Economist, "The EU argues till dawn on migration, and achieves little," 29 June 2018 The idea that female sexuality and serious work, including the serious work of motherhood, are somehow incompatible is sadly outdated. Melissa Petro, Marie Claire, "Why I Support the Choice to Be Pregnant and a Prostitute," 23 Apr. 2017 Such measures are fundamentally incompatible with liberal democracy, especially one like India where elections are regular and fiercely contested, speech is (mostly) free, and the courts are independent. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Modi-Xi Meeting Tells Us About China and India," 27 Apr. 2018 The debate over Yawkey Way was part of the larger national debate over markers, memorials and statues that are now perceived as racist or incompatible with modern sensibilities. Mark Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park changed over racist past," 26 Apr. 2018 The debate over Yawkey Way was part of the larger national debate over markers, memorials and statues that are now perceived as racist or incompatible with modern sensibilities. Washington Post, "Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park changed over racist past," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incompatible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incompatible

Middle English, from Medieval Latin incompatibilis, from Latin in- + Medieval Latin compatibilis compatible

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incompatible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incompatible

: not able to exist together without trouble or conflict : not going together well

: not able to be used together

incompatible

adjective
in·com·pat·i·ble | \ˌin-kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of incompatible

1 : not able to exist together without trouble or conflict incompatible workers incompatible plans

2 : not able to be used together This video game is incompatible with that system.

incompatible

adjective
in·com·pat·i·ble | \ˌin-kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of incompatible 

1 : unsuitable for use together because of chemical interaction or antagonistic physiological effects incompatible drugs

2 of blood or serum : unsuitable for use in a particular transfusion because of the presence of agglutinins that act against the recipient's red blood cells

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