What does incompatible mean?

Definitions for incompatible
ˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəlin·com·pat·i·ble

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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


  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

    Etymology: From French incompatible.

  2. incompatible(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.

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  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

Examples of incompatible in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Wydra:

    Most likely Justice Kennedy's vote is still in play when a case gets to the court with the right plaintiffs and the right theory of harm, and Kagan's concurrence today makes a powerful case to Justice Kennedy that when that case comes, Justice Elena Kagan should recognize that partisan gerrymandering is incompatible with the Constitution and democratic values.

  2. Patrick Henry:

    Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

  3. Jean Jacques Rousseau:

    To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.

  4. Walter Scott:

    Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.

  5. Jean Baptiste Lacordaire:

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

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