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incompatible

[in-kuh m-pat-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn kəmˈpæt ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not compatible; unable to exist together in harmony:
She asked for a divorce because they were utterly incompatible.
2.
contrary or opposed in character; discordant:
incompatible colors.
3.
that cannot coexist or be conjoined.
4.
Logic.
  1. (of two or more propositions) unable to be true simultaneously.
  2. (of two or more attributes of an object) unable to belong to the object simultaneously; inconsistent.
5.
(of positions, functions, ranks, etc.) unable to be held simultaneously by one person.
6.
Medicine/Medical. of or pertaining to biological substances that interfere with one another physiologically, as different types of blood in a transfusion.
7.
Pharmacology. of or pertaining to drugs that interfere with one another chemically or physiologically and therefore cannot be mixed or prescribed together.
noun
8.
Usually, incompatibles. incompatible persons or things.
9.
an incompatible drug or the like.
10.
incompatibles, Logic.
  1. two or more propositions that cannot be true simultaneously.
  2. two or more attributes that cannot simultaneously belong to the same object.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Medieval Latin incompatibilis. See in-3, compatible
Related forms
incompatibility, incompatibleness, noun
incompatibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unsuitable, unsuited. See inconsistent. 1, 2. inharmonious. 2. contradictory.
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British Dictionary definitions for incompatibleness's

incompatible

/ˌɪnkəmˈpætəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of living or existing together in peace or harmony; conflicting or antagonistic
2.
opposed in nature or quality; inconsistent
3.
(of an office, position, etc) only able to be held by one person at a time
4.
(med) (esp of two drugs or two types of blood) incapable of being combined or used together; antagonistic
5.
(logic) (of two propositions) unable to be both true at the same time
6.
(of plants)
  1. not capable of forming successful grafts
  2. incapable of fertilizing each other
7.
(maths) another word for inconsistent (sense 4)
noun
8.
(often pl) a person or thing that is incompatible with another
Derived Forms
incompatibility, incompatibleness, noun
incompatibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incompatibleness's
incompatible
1563, from M.L. incompatibilis, from in- "not" + compatibilis (see compatible). Originally of benefices, "incapable of being held together;" sense of "mutually intolerant" is from 1592.
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incompatibleness's in Medicine

incompatible in·com·pat·i·ble (ĭn'kəm-pāt'ə-bəl)
adj.

  1. Incapable of associating or blending or of being associated or blended because of disharmony, incongruity, or antagonism.

  2. Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance, as a medicine in combination with alcohol.

  3. Not suitable for combination or administration because of immunological differences, as blood types.


in'com·pat·i·bil'i·ty (ĭn'kəm-pāt'ə-bĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
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