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COMPATIBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compatible mean? 

COMPATIBLE (adjective)
  The adjective COMPATIBLE has 5 senses:

1. able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
2. having similar disposition and tastes
3. capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
4. (of a couple) existing together harmoniously
5. capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction

  Familiarity information: COMPATIBLE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPATIBLE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination

Context examples:

a compatible married couple / her deeds were compatible with her ideology

Similar:

congenial (used of plants; capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted)

congruous (suitable or appropriate together)

harmonious (existing together in harmony)

Also:

matched (going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities)

harmonious (musically pleasing)

congenial (suitable to your needs or similar to your nature)

Antonym:

incompatible (not compatible)


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Meaning:

Having similar disposition and tastes

Synonyms:

compatible; sympathetic

Context examples:

a compatible married couple / with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion

Similar:

congenial (suitable to your needs or similar to your nature)


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Meaning:

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

Domain category:

computer; computing device; computing machine; data processor; electronic computer; information processing system (a machine for performing calculations automatically)

Antonym:

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


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Meaning:

(of a couple) existing together harmoniously

Synonyms:

well-matched; compatible

Similar:

matched (going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities)


Sense 5compatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction

Similar:

miscible; mixable ((chemistry, physics) capable of being mixed)


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