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.

Definitions of incompatible
  1. adjective
    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, quality, form, or degree
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    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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  2. adjective
    not compatible with other facts
    synonyms: discrepant
    inconsistent
    displaying a lack of consistency
  3. adjective
    not easy to combine harmoniously
    synonyms: ill-sorted, mismated, unsuited
    mismatched
    either not matched or unsuitably matched
  4. adjective
    not suitable to your tastes or needs
    synonyms: uncongenial
    disagreeable, unsympathetic
    not agreeing with your tastes or expectations
    unsympathetic
    not sympathetic or disposed toward
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    Antonyms:
    congenial
    suitable to your needs
    compatible
    able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
    sympathetic
    expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
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  5. adjective
    not in keeping with what is correct or proper
    synonyms: inappropriate, out of keeping, unfitting
    incongruous
    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
  6. adjective
    incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
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    Antonyms:
    compatible
    capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
  7. adjective
    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
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    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)
  8. adjective
    used especially of solids or solutions; incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture
    Synonyms:
    immiscible, non-miscible, unmixable
    (chemistry, physics) incapable of mixing
  9. adjective
    of words so related that one contrasts with the other
    synonyms: contrastive
    antonymous
    of words: having opposite meanings
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