AskDefine | Define incompatible

Dictionary Definition

incompatible adj
1 not compatible; "incompatible personalities"; "incompatible colors" [ant: compatible]
2 used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect [syn: antagonistic] [ant: synergistic]
3 not suitable to your tastes or needs; "the uncongenial roommates were always fighting"; "the task was uncongenial to one sensitive to rebuffs" [syn: uncongenial] [ant: congenial]
4 incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification [ant: compatible]
5 of words so related that one contrasts with the other; "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms" [syn: contrastive]
6 not easy to combine harmoniously [syn: ill-sorted, mismated, unsuited]
7 not compatible with other facts [syn: discrepant]
8 not in keeping with what is correct or proper; "completely inappropriate behavior" [syn: inappropriate, out or keeping(p), unfitting]
9 used especially of solids or solutions; incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture

User Contributed Dictionary



From French incompatible.


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




  1. Incompatible.

Extensive Definition

incompatible in German: Kompatibilität
incompatible in French: Compatibilité
incompatible in Japanese: 互換性
incompatible in Dutch: Compatibiliteit
incompatible in Polish: Kompatybilność
incompatible in Chinese: 配合度

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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