Meaning of COMPATIBLE in English


I. kəmˈpad.əbəl, -atə- adjective

Etymology: Middle French, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, from Late Latin compati to have compassion + Latin -ibilis -ible — more at compassion

1. obsolete : sharing in another's suffering


a. : capable of existing together without discord or disharmony — used usually with with

slavery, which nowadays … we no longer regard as compatible with high civilization — Havelock Ellis

b. logic : so related that both or all may hold or be true : noncontradictory


(1) : capable of cross-fertilizing freely

some plants are compatible

compatible pollens

(2) : uniting readily and usually permanently — used of certain plant stocks and scions

d. of drugs or medicines : not incompatible

e. : having to do with a system in which color television broadcasts may be received in black and white on ordinary receivers without special modification

f. : capable of blending into a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction of ingredients

Synonyms: see consonant

II. adjective

( -s )

1. : capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without immunological reaction (as agglutination or tissue rejection)

2. : designed to work with another device or system without modification ; especially : being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer

• compatible noun

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.