Compatible Definition

Capable of existing or performing in harmonious, agreeable, or congenial combination with another or others.
Compatible family relationships.
American Heritage Medicine
Capable of living together harmoniously or getting along well together (with)
Webster's New World
Capable of orderly, efficient integration and operation with other elements in a system with no modification or conversion required.
American Heritage Medicine
In agreement; congruent (with)
Webster's New World
Capable of forming a chemically or biochemically stable system.
American Heritage Medicine

A computer component, software, etc. that is compatible.

Webster's New World
Something that is compatible with something else.
A computer company that sells IBM compatibles.

Origin of Compatible

  • from Middle French compatible, from Medieval Latin compatibilis (“in compatible beneficium, a benefice which could be held together with another one”), from Late Latin compati (“to suffer with”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin compatībilis from Late Latin compatī to sympathize compassion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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