[ in-kuhm-pat-uh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəl /



Origin of incompatible

From the Medieval Latin word incompatibilis, dating back to 1555–65. See in-3, compatible

SYNONYMS FOR incompatible

1, 2 inharmonious.
2 contradictory.

OTHER WORDS FROM incompatible

in·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty, in·com·pat·i·ble·ness, nounin·com·pat·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for incompatible

/ (ˌɪnkəmˈpætəbəl) /



(often plural) a person or thing that is incompatible with another

Derived forms of incompatible

incompatibility or incompatibleness, nounincompatibly, adverb
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Medical definitions for incompatible

[ ĭn′kəm-pătə-bəl ]


Incapable of associating or blending or of being associated or blended because of disharmony, incongruity, or antagonism.
Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance, as a medicine in combination with alcohol.
Not suitable for combination or administration because of immunological differences, as blood types.

Other words from incompatible

in′com•pat•i•bili•ty (ĭn′kəm-păt′ə-bĭlĭ-tē) n.
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