compatible

A word that comes up a lot in discussions of both food and people pairings, compatible speaks to a person or thing’s ability to exist agreeably with something or someone else.

Use the word compatible to describe two things that work well together, like your Wii and your big screen TV, or peanut butter and jelly. You may have heard that opposites attract, but initial attraction doesn’t necessarily mean that opposites will be compatible in the long-term. Advised Russian novelist and philosopher Leo Tolstoy, “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.”

Definitions of compatible
  1. adjective
    able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
    “a compatible married couple”
    “her deeds were compatible with her ideology”
    Synonyms:
    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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    Antonyms:
    incompatible
    not compatible
    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
    incompatible, uncongenial
    not suitable to your tastes or needs
    inharmonious, unharmonious
    not in harmony
    mismatched
    either not matched or unsuitably matched
    different
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
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  2. adjective
    capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
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    Antonyms:
    incompatible
    incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
  3. adjective
    capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
    Synonyms:
    miscible, mixable
    (chemistry, physics) capable of being mixed
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