incompatible

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

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. incompact,
  2. incomparability,
  3. incomparable,
  4. incomparably,
  5. incompatibility,
  6. incompetence,
  7. incompetency,
  8. incompetent,
  9. incomplete,
  10. incomplete abortion

Origin of incompatible

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

SYNONYMS FOR incompatible
1. unsuitable, unsuited. See inconsistent. 1, 2. inharmonious. 2. contradictory.

Related formsin·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty, in·com·pat·i·ble·ness, nounin·com·pat·i·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for incompatible

incompatible

/ (ˌɪnkəmˈpætəbəl) /

adjective

noun

(often plural) a person or thing that is incompatible with another
Derived Formsincompatibility or incompatibleness, nounincompatibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for incompatible

incompatible

adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin incompatibilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + compatibilis (see compatible). Originally of benefices, "incapable of being held together;" sense of "mutually intolerant" is from 1590s. Related: Incompatibly.

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Medicine definitions for incompatible

incompatible

[ ĭn′kəm-pătə-bəl ]

adj.

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


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