[ kuhm-pat-uh-bil-i-tee ]
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  1. the natural ability to live or work together in harmony because of well-matched characteristics: In earlier times, love and compatibility were not the main considerations in finding a suitable spouse.

  2. the quality or fact of being in agreement; consistency: Her essay questions the presumed compatibility of capitalism and democracy.

  1. Computers. the ability to be used with a certain operating system or piece of hardware or software without the need for special adaptations: Before installing the application, check the compatibility of your device.

  2. the ability to function or be integrated with other parts of any system, whether biological or technical: Terasaki devised the first tissue-typing method to assess the compatibility of organ donors and recipients.

Origin of compatibility

First recorded in 1605–15; equivalent to Medieval Latin compatibili(s) + Latin -tās; see compatible, -ty2

Words Nearby compatibility Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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