[ kuhm-pat-uh-bil-i-tee ]
/ kəmˌpæt əˈbɪl ɪ ti /
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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.
the quality or fact of being in agreement; consistency: Her essay questions the presumed compatibility of capitalism and democracy.
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.
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.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
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