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Definition of "incompatible" []

  • Incapable of associating or blending or of being associated or blended because of disharmony, incongruity, or antagonism: incompatible views on religion. (adjective)
  • Impossible to be held simultaneously by one person: the incompatible offices of prosecutor and judge. (adjective)
  • Logic That cannot be simultaneously true; mutually exclusive. (adjective)
  • Medicine Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance: a medication that is incompatible with alcohol. (adjective)
  • Medicine Not immunologically compatible: incompatible blood types. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "incompatible" in a sentence
  • "How do that work when those items are locked away in incompatible and proprietary data stores?"
  • "To say that they are incompatible is like saying that the Cosmological Fine Tuning argument is incompatible with biological ID because it only discusses the physical constants of the universe."
  • "The view of many other scientists that faith and science (or reason) are incompatible is ignored or disparaged."