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/ kəmˈpæt ə bəl /
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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.



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Origin of compatible

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, derivative of Late Latin compatī (Latin com- “with, together” + patī “to suffer, undergo”); see com-, -ible


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British Dictionary definitions for compatible

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(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 forms of compatible

compatibility 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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Medical definitions for compatible

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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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