What does incompatible mean?

Definitions for incompatibleˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incompatible.

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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incompatible

    in-kom-pat′i-bl, adj. not consistent: contradictory: incapable of existing together in harmony: (pl.) things which cannot coexist.—ns. Incompatibil′ity, Incompat′ibleness.—adv. Incompat′ibly.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incompatible in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incompatible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jean Baptiste Lacordaire:

    Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters.

  2. Friedrich August von Hayek:

    We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice.

  3. Christophe McGlade:

    Policy makers must realise that their instincts to completely use the fossil fuels within their countries are wholly incompatible with their commitments to the 2 degrees C goal.

  4. Rene Salazar:

    Like it or not, all of us hold unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, many times we think about bias and unconscious bias — they are incompatible with our conscious values, right?

  5. Antony Jenkins:

    I regard the behavior at the center of these investigations as wholly incompatible with our values, and I share the frustration of colleagues and shareholders that matters like these continue to cast a shadow over our business.

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