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Definition of "compatibility" []

  • The state of being compatible; in which two or more things are able to exist or perform together in combination without problems or conflict. (noun)
  • The capability of two or more items or components of equipment or material to exist or function in the same system or environment without mutual interference. (noun)
  • The ability to execute a given program on different types of computers without modification of the program or the computers. See backward compatibility and forward compatibility. (noun)
  • The capability that allows the substitution of one subsystem (storage facility), or of one functional unit (e.g., hardware, software), for the originally designated system or functional unit in a relatively transparent manner, without loss of information and without the introduction of errors. (noun)
  • The continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed. (noun)

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Use "compatibility" in a sentence
  • "We're a little leery of the term "compatibility issue.""
  • "So the solution they're using for providing backward compatibility is this tool."
  • "Often, she said, a kiss can provide a window into long-term compatibility."