adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, literally, sympathetic, from Late Latin compati Date: 15th century 1. capable of existing together in harmony <
compatible theories
compatible people
2. capable of cross-fertilizing freely or uniting vegetatively 3. capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction 4. capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without immunological reaction (as agglutination or tissue rejection) 5. designed to work with another device or system without modification; especially being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer • compatibility nouncompatible nouncompatibleness nouncompatibly adverb

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  • compatible — [ kɔ̃patibl ] adj. et n. m. • 1396; lat. compati « sympathiser » → compatir ♦ Qui peut s accorder avec autre chose, exister en même temps. ⇒ conciliable. Des caractères compatibles. La fonction de préfet n est pas compatible avec celle de député …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • compatible — [kəm pat′ə bəl] adj. [ME & ML compatibilis < LL(Ec) compati: see COMPASSION] 1. a) capable of living together harmoniously or getting along well together (with) b) in agreement; congruent (with) 2. a) that can work well together, get along… …   English World dictionary

  • Compatible — Com*pat i*ble, a. [F., fr. LL.compatibilis, fr. L. compati. See {Compassion}.] Capable of existing in harmony; congruous; suitable; not repugnant; usually followed by with. [1913 Webster] Our poets have joined together such qualities as are by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compatible — mid 15c., from M.Fr. compatible (15c.), from M.L. compatibilis, from L.L. compati (see COMPASSION (Cf. compassion)). Related: Compatibility …   Etymology dictionary

  • compatible — adjetivo 1. Que puede coexistir o armonizar con otra cosa u otra persona: Son muy compatibles el uno con el otro. Mi trabajo no es compatible con mis aficiones porque no me deja tiempo libre. Tenemos que hacer compatibles nuestros horarios.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • compatible — Compatible. adj. de tout genre. Qui peut compatir avec un autre. Ces deux humeurs là ne sont pas compatibles l une avec l autre. Il se dit plus ordinairement de deux charges, de deux benefices, &c. & alors il signifie, Qui peut estre possedé,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • compatible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to exist or be used together without problems or conflict. 2) (of two people) able to have a harmonious relationship; well suited. 3) (usu. compatible with) consistent or in keeping. DERIVATIVES compatibility noun compatibly… …   English terms dictionary

  • compatible — index apposite, concordant, concurrent (united), congruous, conjoint, consensual, consistent, consona …   Law dictionary

  • compatible — COMPATIBLE. adj. des 2 g. Qui peut compatir avec un autre. Ces deus caractères, ces deux esprits là ne sent pas compatibles. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit aussi d Un Bénéfice qui peut être possédé avec un autre, et d une Charge qui peut être exercée avec… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • compatible — congruous, *consonant, consistent, congenial, sympathetic Analogous words: suitable, appropriate, proper, meet, fitting, *fit: harmonizing, corresponding or correspondent, according or accordant (see corresponding verbs at AGREE): harmonious (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • compatible — [adj] agreeable, in harmony accordant, adaptable, appropriate, congenial, congruent, congruous, consistent, consonant, cooperative, cotton to*, fit, fitting, getting along with, harmonious, having good vibes*, hitting it off*, in keeping, in sync …   New thesaurus

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