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INCOMPATIBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incompatible mean? 

INCOMPATIBLE (adjective)
  The adjective INCOMPATIBLE has 9 senses:

1. not compatible
2. used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect
3. not suitable to your tastes or needs
4. incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
5. of words so related that one contrasts with the other
6. not easy to combine harmoniously
7. not compatible with other facts
8. not in keeping with what is correct or proper
9. used especially of solids or solutions; incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture

  Familiarity information: INCOMPATIBLE used as an adjective is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCOMPATIBLE (adjective)


Sense 1incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not compatible

Context examples:

incompatible personalities / incompatible colors

Similar:

antagonistic (incapable of harmonious association)

clashing (sharply and harshly discordant)

contradictory; mutually exclusive (unable to be both true at the same time)

uncongenial (used of plant stock or scions; incapable of being grafted)

Also:

different (unlike in nature or quality or form or degree)

mismatched (either not matched or unsuitably matched)

inharmonious; unharmonious (not in harmony)

incompatible; uncongenial (not suitable to your tastes or needs)

Antonym:

compatible (able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination)


Sense 2incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

incompatible; antagonistic

Similar:

antacid (acting to neutralize acid (especially in the stomach))

antiphlogistic (counteracting inflammation)


Sense 3incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not suitable to your tastes or needs

Synonyms:

uncongenial; incompatible

Context examples:

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

Similar:

disagreeable; unsympathetic (not agreeing with your tastes or expectations)

Also:

unsympathetic (not sympathetic or disposed toward)

unfriendly (not disposed to friendship or friendliness)

incompatible (not compatible)


Sense 4incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapable 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:

compatible (capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification)


Sense 5incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of words so related that one contrasts with the other

Synonyms:

contrastive; incompatible

Context example:

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

Similar:

antonymous (of words: having opposite meanings)


Sense 6incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not easy to combine harmoniously

Synonyms:

ill-sorted; mismated; unsuited; incompatible

Similar:

mismatched (either not matched or unsuitably matched)


Sense 7incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not compatible with other facts

Synonyms:

discrepant; incompatible

Similar:

inconsistent (displaying a lack of consistency)


Sense 8incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not in keeping with what is correct or proper

Synonyms:

out or keeping; unfitting; inappropriate; incompatible

Context example:

completely inappropriate behavior

Similar:

incongruous (lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness)


Sense 9incompatible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Similar:

immiscible; non-miscible; unmixable ((chemistry, physics) incapable of mixing)


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