Definitions for incompatibleˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•com•pat•i•bleˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəl(adj.)

  1. unable to exist together in harmony:

    incompatible roommates.

  2. incongruous; discordant:

    incompatible colors.

  3. (of logical propositions) not true simultaneously.

    Category: Philosphy

  4. (of an office) unable to be held simultaneously by one person.

  5. unable to be mixed together in the body effectively or without causing harm.

    Category: Medicine, Pharmacology

  6. (n.)Usu., incompatibles. an incompatible person or thing.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incompatible(adj)

    not compatible

    "incompatible personalities"; "incompatible colors"

  2. antagonistic, incompatible(adj)

    used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect

  3. uncongenial, incompatible(adj)

    not suitable to your tastes or needs

    "the uncongenial roommates were always fighting"; "the task was uncongenial to one sensitive to rebuffs"

  4. incompatible(adj)

    incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification

  5. contrastive, incompatible(adj)

    of words so related that one contrasts with the other

    "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms"

  6. ill-sorted, incompatible, mismated, unsuited(adj)

    not easy to combine harmoniously

  7. discrepant, incompatible(adj)

    not compatible with other facts

  8. inappropriate, incompatible, out or keeping(p), unfitting(adj)

    not in keeping with what is correct or proper

    "completely inappropriate behavior"

  9. incompatible(adj)

    used especially of solids or solutions; incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. incompatible(adjective)ˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəl

    not well-matched or not of the same type

    a DVD that is incompatible with your DVD player; an incompatible couple heading for divorce


  1. incompatible(Noun)

    An incompatible substance; one of a group of things that cannot be placed or used together because of a change of chemical composition or opposing medicinal qualities.

    the incompatibles of iron

  2. incompatible(Adjective)

    Of two things: impossible to coexist; not congruous because of differences; irreconcilable; disagreeing.

  3. Origin: From French incompatible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incompatible(adj)

    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

  2. Incompatible(adj)

    incapable of being together without mutual reaction or decomposition, as certain medicines

  3. Incompatible(noun)

    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

Translations for incompatible

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of people) certain to disagree, fight etc.

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