Backward-compatible meaning

băkwərd-kəm-pătə-bəl
(software) Capable of interoperating with older systems.

The new editor is backward compatible with all versions later than 1.17.

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Compatible with earlier systems or elements of earlier systems.

A new release of an operating system that is backward-compatible with earlier versions.

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Hardware or software that is compatible with earlier versions of the product. Also called "downward compatible." Contrast with forward compatible.
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Referring to something (e.g., a device, machine, system, or program) that can be used with or is interoperable with an earlier generation, model, or version.
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Origin of backward-compatible

  • Back-formation from backward compatibility.

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