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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

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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

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Origin and Etymology of incompatible

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


INCOMPATIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

incompatible

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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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