incompatible

Use the adjective incompatible to describe things or people that are too different to get along. When paired with someone you can't work with, don't criticize or get mad. Just say, "We are incompatible."

Put together the prefix in- and the suffix -ible and what do you get? "Not able." The center of incompatible comes from Latin, compati, or "suffer with." So think of incompatible as a way to describe something you simply are not able to suffer — there's too much conflict. Things can be incompatible just like people. Just try hooking up an incompatible piece of hardware to your computer — it won't work because it was designed for a different system.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: incompatible

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adj
not compatible
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adj
of words so related that one contrasts with the other
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: incompatible
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adj not compatible

incompatible personalities”
incompatible colors”
Synonyms
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
uncongenial
not suitable to your tastes or needs
inharmonious, unharmonious
not in harmony
mismatched
either not matched or unsuitably matched
different
unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
Antonyms:
compatible
able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
congenial
(used of plants) capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted
congruous
suitable or appropriate together
harmonious
existing together in harmony
congenial
suitable to your needs
harmonious
musically pleasing
matched
going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities
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adj not compatible with other facts

Synonyms:
discrepant
inconsistent
displaying a lack of consistency

adj not easy to combine harmoniously

Synonyms:
ill-sorted, mismated, unsuited
mismatched
either not matched or unsuitably matched

adj not suitable to your tastes or needs

Synonyms:
uncongenial
disagreeable, unsympathetic
not agreeing with your tastes or expectations
unfriendly
not disposed to friendship or friendliness
unsympathetic
not sympathetic or disposed toward
Antonyms:
congenial
suitable to your needs
compatible
able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
sociable
friendly and pleasant
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend
sympathetic
expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
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adj not in keeping with what is correct or proper

Synonyms:
inappropriate, out or keeping, unfitting
incongruous
lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

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

Antonyms:
compatible
capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification

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

Synonyms:
antagonistic
antacid
acting to neutralize acid (especially in the stomach)
antiphlogistic
counteracting inflammation
Antonyms:
interactive, synergistic
used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more)

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

Synonyms
immiscible, non-miscible, unmixable
(chemistry, physics) incapable of mixing
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adj of words so related that one contrasts with the other

Synonyms:
contrastive
antonymous
of words: having opposite meanings
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