adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin incompatibilis, from Latin in- + Medieval Latin compatibilis compatible Date: 15th century 1. incapable of being held by one person at one time — used of offices that make conflicting demands on the holder 2. not compatible: as a. incapable of association or harmonious coexistence <
incompatible colors
b. unsuitable for use together because of undesirable chemical or physiological effects <
incompatible drugs
c. not both true <
incompatible propositions
d. incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture • incompatible nounincompatibly adverb

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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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