Definition of compatible in English:

compatible

Syllabification: com·pat·i·ble
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpatəbəl
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of two things) able to exist or occur together without conflict: the fruitiness of Beaujolais is compatible with a number of meat dishes
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    • What existing NRCS programs are compatible with organic production, and how can organic producers find out information about these programs?
    • The guidelines would need to be compatible with existing procedures for consent in research and clinical care and consider any potential medicolegal issues.
    • Several detection methods exist that are compatible with the maximum information method.
  • 1.1(Of two people) able to have a harmonious relationship: well-suited: it’s a pity we’re not compatible
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    • She later had an astrological chart drawn up on him and concluded that they were not compatible enough, according to Simmons.
    • Our relationship isn't perfect, and we're not completely compatible, but I feel like he's not giving us a chance if he decides to jump ship after only five months of dating.
    • M is my wife, and I had written that we are compatible in all respects, except for hang-ups regarding past relationships.
    Synonyms
    well suited, suited, well matched, like-minded, in tune, in harmony; reconcilable
  • 1.2(Of one thing) consistent with another: the symptoms were compatible with gastritis or a peptic ulcer
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    • Data from more than 300 deliveries indicate no birth defects compatible with congenital varicella syndrome.
    Synonyms
    consistent, congruous, congruent; in keeping
  • 1.3(Of a computer, a piece of software, or other device) able to be used with a specified piece of equipment or software without special adaptation or modification: the printer is fully compatible with all leading software
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    • The main network protocols are open for anyone to use and produce compatible software.
    • Whether or not your laptop's dialing software was compatible with the hotel's PBX was a matter of doubt.
    • Because the system can transmit multiple text streams, it may also be used for language translation; its software is internationally compatible.

noun

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  • A computer that can use software designed for another make or type.
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    • For many, obviously, this signals quite a milestone - seeing as non-Mac desktop computers used to be referred to as IBM compatibles.
    • But it also wants to keep the extensibility and general-purpose functionality of an IBM compatible.

Derivatives

compatibly

adverb
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  • This TV adaptation, scripted by Emma Thompson and directed by Mike Nichols, is compatibly respectful, guttingly plausible, crushingly quiet.
  • As far as how they dress is concerned, when you dress compatibly, then it makes some kind of sense.
  • It follows that non-hybrid public authorities, such as central and local government, must act compatibly with Convention rights even when carrying out acts of a private nature, such as ordering stationery.

Origin

late Middle English: from French, from medieval Latin compatibilis, from compati 'suffer with'.

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