compatible

[kuh m-pat-uh-buh l]

adjective

noun

something, as a machine or piece of electronic equipment, that is designed to perform the same tasks as another, often in the same way and using virtually identical parts, programmed instructions, etc.: Software written for one computer will probably run on its close compatibles.

Nearby words

  1. compassionate,
  2. compassionate conservative,
  3. compassionately,
  4. compaternity,
  5. compathy,
  6. compatriot,
  7. compazine,
  8. compañera,
  9. compañero,
  10. compañia

Origin of compatible

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin compatibilis, derivative of Late Latin compatī (Latin com- com- + patī to suffer, undergo). See -ible

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British Dictionary definitions for compatible

compatible

adjective

(usually foll by with) able to exist together harmoniously
(usually foll by with) consistent or congruousher deeds were not compatible with her ideology
(of plants)
  1. capable of forming successful grafts
  2. capable of successful self-fertilizationSee self-compatible, self-incompatible
(of pieces of machinery, computer equipment, etc) capable of being used together without special modification or adaptationa PC-compatible disc
Derived Formscompatibility or compatibleness, nouncompatibly, adverb

Word Origin for compatible

C15: from Medieval Latin compatibilis, from Late Latin compatī to be in sympathy with; see compassion

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Word Origin and History for compatible

compatible

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French compatible (15c.), from Medieval Latin compatibilis, from Late Latin compati (see compassion). Related: Compatibility.

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Medicine definitions for compatible

compatible

[kəm-pătə-bəl]

adj.

Capable of existing or performing in harmonious or agreeable combination.
Capable of being grafted, transfused, or transplanted from one individual to another without reaction or rejection.
Capable of forming a chemically or biochemically stable system.

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