These shapes are incompatible.
- Two opposing ideas are an example of ideas that are incompatible.
- A person who is very neat and a person who is very messy are examples of people who are incompatible.
- not compatible; specif.,
- not able to exist in harmony or agreement
- not going, or getting along, well together; incongruous, conflicting, discordant, etc.: often followed by with
- that cannot be held at one time by the same person: said of positions, ranks, etc.
- that cannot both be true at the same time: said of propositions
- not predicable of the same subject without contradiction: said of terms
- Math. logically contradictory: said of equations or other statements
- not suitable for being mixed or used together: said of substances having an undesirable action on each other or, when mixed, on the body
Origin of incompatibleMedieval Latin incompatibilis
- a. Not capable of existing in agreement or harmony with something else: incompatible views on religion.b. Not capable of living or working together happily or harmoniously; antagonistic: incompatible roommates.
- Impossible to be held simultaneously by one person: the incompatible offices of prosecutor and judge.
- Logic That cannot be simultaneously true; mutually exclusive.
- Medicine a. Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance: a medication that is incompatible with alcohol.b. Not immunologically compatible: incompatible blood types.
(comparative more incompatible, superlative most incompatible)