- (of two or more propositions) unable to be true simultaneously.
- (of two or more attributes of an object) unable to belong to the object simultaneously; inconsistent.
- two or more propositions that cannot be true simultaneously.
- two or more attributes that cannot simultaneously belong to the same object.
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Origin of incompatible
synonym study for incompatible
OTHER WORDS FROM incompatiblein·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty, in·com·pat·i·ble·ness, nounin·com·pat·i·bly, adverb
How to use incompatible in a sentence
Measurements in which the electron was replaced by a heavier particle, called a muon, gave us a different answer—and the two results were incompatible.Unstable helium adds a limit on the ongoing saga of the proton’s size|John Timmer|January 27, 2021|Ars Technica
Many systems can’t talk to each other, and often rely on employees to compensate for incompatible medical record systems.
Many experts in authoritarianism warn those beliefs are incompatible with democracy as we know it.Coup attempts usually usher in long stretches of democratic decline, data shows|Christopher Ingraham|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
Unfortunately, the full-sized 30-series cards are massive and power hungry, which makes them incompatible with portable PCs.
If Animal Crossing usually does the trick but suddenly fails to charm you out of your mood, it may simply be incompatible with your current mindset.Stressed out? Video games can help—if you follow these tips.|Stan Horazek|January 20, 2021|Popular Science
Now it can't open on my phone due to what appears to be software incompatibility.
The incompatibility between motherhood and tech, it seems, runs far deeper than the timing of pregnancy alone.Don’t Be Fooled by Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing Is Not a Benefit|Samantha Allen|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That incompatibility begins in an education system that is wary of encouraging original thinking and potentially disobedience.China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More|Junheng Li|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The same incompatibility of temperament would still exist; besides, on no account will I consent to be an expense to you.
There is no business man who will pretend that there is not often an actual incompatibility if he is honest.A Traveler from Altruria: Romance|William Dean Howells
Here, as in other respects, Celt and Teuton show an incompatibility and oppositeness which strongly suggest difference of origin.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe|John M. Tyler
The boy is unfortunate if the "incompatibility" end in desertion or divorce, and equally unfortunate if it does not.The Minister and the Boy|Allan Hoben
But the experiments had been foredoomed anyway,—through the incompatibility of producers' cooperation with trade unionism.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States|Selig Perlman
British Dictionary definitions for incompatible
- not capable of forming successful grafts
- incapable of fertilizing each other