incompatible


incompatible
[[t]ɪ̱nkəmpæ̱tɪb(ə)l[/t]]
1) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ with n If one thing or person is incompatible with another, they are very different in important ways, and do not suit each other or agree with each other.

They feel strongly that their religion is incompatible with the political system...

His behavior has been incompatible with his role as head of state...

Their interests were mutually incompatible...

We were totally incompatible.

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incompatibility [[t]ɪ̱nkəmpætɪbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu N between/of/with n

Incompatibility between the mother's and the baby's blood groups may cause jaundice.

2) ADJ: oft ADJ with n If one type of computer or computer system is incompatible with another, they cannot use the same programs or be linked up together.

This made its mini-computers incompatible with its mainframes...

Many institutions exchange information by hand because of incompatible computer systems.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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  • incompatible — [ ɛ̃kɔ̃patibl ] adj. • 1480; incompassible 1370; lat. médiév. incompatibilis, du lat. class. compati → compatible 1 ♦ Qui ne peut coexister, être associé, réuni avec (une autre chose). ⇒ contraire, inconciliable, opposé. « La plus haute culture… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • incompatible — in‧com‧pat‧i‧ble [ˌɪnkəmˈpætbl◂] adjective COMPUTING computers, computer systems, or programs that are incompatible cannot be used together: incompatible with • Most PCs in Japan run on software based on NEC Corp s architecture, which is… …   Financial and business terms

  • Incompatible — In com*pat i*ble, a. [Pref. in not + compatible: cf. F. incompatible.] [It was formerly sometimes written {incompetible}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not compatible; so differing as to be incapable of harmonious combination or coexistence; inconsistent in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incompatible — index different, discordant, disproportionate, dissident, divergent, hostile, inapplicable, inapposite …   Law dictionary

  • Incompatible — In com*pat i*ble, n. (Med. & Chem.) An incompatible substance; esp., in pl., things which can not be placed or used together because of a change of chemical composition or of opposing medicinal qualities; as, the incompatibles of iron. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incompatible — adjetivo 1. Que no puede coexistir o armonizar con otra cosa o persona: Su trabajo es incompatible con el mío. Son dos personas incompatibles …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • incompatible — Incompatible. adj. de tout genre. Qui n est pas compatible. Ces deux humeurs sont incompatibles. c est une humeur incompatible. deux Charges incompatibles. deux benefices incompatibles. l amour de Dieu, & l amour des richesses sont deux choses… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • incompatible — [in΄kəm pat′ə bəl] adj. [ML incompatibilis] 1. not compatible; specif., a) not able to exist in harmony or agreement b) not going, or getting along, well together; incongruous, conflicting, discordant, etc.: often followed by with 2. that cannot… …   English World dictionary

  • incompatible — Incapaz de coexistir. Un tejido trasplantado puede ser rechazado porque los factores de anticuerpo de donante y receptor son incompatibles. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • incompatible — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.L. incompatibilis, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + compatibilis (see COMPATIBLE (Cf. compatible)). Originally of benefices, incapable of being held together; sense of mutually intolerant is from 1590s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • incompatible — incongruous, inconsonant, inconsistent, discordant, discrepant, uncongenial, unsympathetic Analogous words: antagonistic, counter, *adverse: *antipathetic, averse: contrary, contradictory, antithetical, antipodal, antipodean, *opposite:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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