incompatible

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

Definition of incompatible

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

  2. 2 :  not compatible: such asa :  incapable of association or harmonious coexistence incompatible colorsb :  unsuitable for use together because of undesirable chemical or physiological effects incompatible drugsc :  not both true incompatible propositionsd :  incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture

incompatible

noun

incompatibly

play \ˌin-kəm-ˈpa-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of incompatible in a sentence

  1. This printer is incompatible with some PCs.

  2. the committee's incompatible goals—develop new projects and cut costs—meant that they got very little accomplished

Origin and Etymology of incompatible

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


First Known Use: 15th century


INCOMPATIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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

Definition of incompatible for English Language Learners

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

  • : not able to be used together


INCOMPATIBLE Defined for Kids

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

Definition of incompatible for Students

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

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


Medical Dictionary

incompatible

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

Medical Definition of incompatible

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

  2. 2of 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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