Incompatible 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 thought or being; irreconcilably disagreeing; as, persons of incompatible tempers; incompatible colors, desires, ambition. [1913 Webster]

A strength and obduracy of character incompatible with his meek and innocent nature. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Incapable of being together without mutual reaction or decomposition, as certain medicines. [1913 Webster]

{Incompatible terms} (Logic), terms which can not be combined in thought.

Syn: Inconsistent; incongruous; dissimilar; irreconcilable; unsuitable; disagreeing; inharmonious; discordant; repugnant; contradictory. See {Inconsistent}. [1913 Webster]


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