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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How to use compatibility in a sentence
I am currently learning how to integrate secondhand video conferencing VOIP phones onto non-compatible platforms.Pepco employee talks diversity, inclusion, and COVID | Staff reports | August 28, 2020 | Washington Blade
It’s also not clear how the master database will be compatible with the LGPD, the new data protection law.
In another difference, this year’s new phones are both compatible with superfast 5G Internet.Samsung Note20 Ultra review: Why this big phone works for the COVID era | Aaron Pressman | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
However, this level of immunity is not compatible with a full return to societal behavior as existed before the pandemic.Population immunity is slowing down the pandemic in parts of the US | David Rotman | August 11, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Whereas TuSimple is building its own trucks, Waymo is focused on developing a software platform, Waymo Driver, that’s compatible with anyone’s trucks.TuSimple’s Robot Big Rigs Will Automate Freight Coast to Coast | Jason Dorrier | July 5, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The compatibility of these two activist First Ladies across the generations is incredibly strong.
Reboots, remakes, and reimaginings are often about system compatibility—and money.
People want to test their sexual compatibility before they move forward in our relationship.Dear Princeton Mom, Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt | Emily Shire | February 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“An awful lot of people with money to invest may not have compatibility with what they buy,” Thompson notes.Rupert Murdoch Invests in Edgy Upstart Media Company Vice | William O’Connor | August 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
His compatibility with the domestic superwoman herself was “fabulous,” a site representative told him.
I contract a tie which my reason tells me is based upon health and sanity and compatibility.The Kempton-Wace Letters | Jack London
In this case difficulties lie in guessing the reliability of the devices and in achieving software compatibility.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969 | H. W. Fulbright et al.
Dr. Blake therefore suggests more study of the compatibility of scion to stock, especially in regard to growth and bearing.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
It is above love, above compatibility, above even the priceless sense of humour.Modern marriage and how to bear it | Maud Churton Braby
What we think of now is moral and intellectual and physical compatibility; I mean, if we are reasonable people.'New Grub Street | George Gissing