• WordNet 3.6
    • n incompatibility the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
    • n incompatibility the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
    • n incompatibility (immunology) the degree to which the body's immune system will try to reject foreign material (as transfused blood or transplanted tissue)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Incompatibility The quality or state of being incompatible; inconsistency; irreconcilableness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incompatibility The quality or condition of being incompatible; incongruity; irreconcilableness.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Activity and sadness are incompatible.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Conceit is incompatible with understanding.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.”
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    “There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. incompatibilité,


In literature:

Such an incompatibility did exist when the Holy Alliance dominated Europe.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
The aims after which most of the European governments strove were sheer incompatible with his own.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
There was an obvious incompatibility in the two occupations, and the farms were neglected.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
At last Lincoln became convinced that they were incompatible, and resolved that he must break the engagement.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896" by Various
Most incompatible thing I've ever known.
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie
Federalism is in effect incompatible with Parliamentary government as practised in England.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey
The murderous temper which turned the crowd into a mob is incompatible with social existence, let alone social progress.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Then Norogna was satisfied that Xavier was truly a saint, and that his holiness was not incompatible with the gaiety of his conversation.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
All insomnia is dangerous and is incompatible with health.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
The aim of doing good is itself incompatible with the artistic aim.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
Their denial was incompatible with social order.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
The two were practically incompatible.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
Processions were incompatible with the persecutions of the first three centuries.
"The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome" by Charles Michael Baggs
Indeed, many instances prove that success and humility are not incompatible.
"Success (Second Edition)" by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
Civilisation in a high form is incompatible with such conditions as these figures disclose in Russia.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
They are incompatible with any peaceable administration of the government.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
It was not incompatible with craft and dissimulation, or with the indulgence of sensual vices.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Indeed, two people may be so incompatible as to find in sex their only common ground.
"Broken Homes" by Joanna C. Colcord
The verse extracts at the end of LB (which see) contain a form of this story incompatible with the prose narratives.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
My whole life has been lived in an atmosphere of domestic incompatibility.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.
"Snow" by Louis MacNeice
Upraised, as a hand, emblematic of farewell.
At this joint between two worlds and two entirely
Incompatible modes of time, the raw material
Of our meat-and-potato thoughts assumes the nimbus
Of ambrosial revelation. And so departs.
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Study debunks notion that science is incompatible with religion.
Islam is not incompatible with democracy.
Coops need not be incompatible with suburban life.
PCWorld took an exhaustive look at reports of hardware compatibility and incompatibility with the latest Windows 8 Release Preview.
The Vatican recently announced that it would completely make over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious because of its "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith".
The new connection standard—called "Lightning" by Apple—is incompatible with the older cable.
Relationship Strained by iPhone's Incompatibility.
Are the world's major religions truly incompatible KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour talks with authors Sam Harris, Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Kirsch about the philosophy of religion in today's modern world.
Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf is opening up about the reason he split from girlfriend Carey Mulligan two years ago, blaming "incompatible lifestyles" is reporting.
Richard Aghababian, president of the society, said in a statement he opposes the bill "based on the idea that physician -assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician 's role as healer".
I flew a Cirrus a while back that had an Avidyne system, and was surprised to see that its screens were polarized at an angle that makes them incompatible with polarized sunglasses.
The United Methodist Church reaffirmed yesterday that homosexual activity is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and struck down language that would have made the church more inclusive of gays and lesbians.
A condition where the liquid is over saturated with incompatible ions or one ion concentration is above the saturation point.
Is it the incompatibility of our iTunes-purchased music.
Traveling with the wrong bag is like hitting the road with an incompatible companion.

In science:

Note that this sort of foliation is incompatible with fixed points of ta .
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
In this case the geometric factor G(a/R0 ) would deviate from unity.) Any concentration dependence of the osmotic coefficient is incompatible with simple condensation theory.
Osmotic Properties of Charged Cylinders: Critical Evaluation of Counterion Condensation Theory
Correspondingly, the appearence of macroscopic situations which are incompatible with our definite perceptions about the ob jects of our experience is inescapable.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
The results of these two priors are incompatible at ∼ 3σ .
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe
This hypothesis seems incompatible with the Monte-Carlo estimations of φ and ρ′ .
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Here the sum is over al l clusters incompatible with P , i.e. containing at least one polymer incompatible with P and we have put |C | = PP ∈C |P | where |P | is the number of bonds of the polymer P .
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
The underlying theoretical incompatibility between two theories arises from the way that they treat the geometry of space and time.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
It is shown that, the ob jections raised by Marchildon [7,9] as well as Struyve and De Baere [8,13] are not justified and that the basic conclusion of the experiments, that is, the existence of the incompatibility between SQM’s probabilistic prediction and BQM’s deterministic prediction, still stands out.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
Bell’s well known analysis of the spin version of the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen experiment is almost universally summarized as showing that local realistic theories are incompatible with the predictions of quantum mechanics and are therefore wrong.
Physics with exotic probability theory
But this condition is incompatible with present accelerated expansion.
Comments on the paper astro-ph/0103335 by C Rubano and P Scudellaro
The distribution was incompatible with a galactic disk population.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
This incompatibility between the two equilibria can only be avoided by means of sharp phase segregation, i.e., when no gas in the unstable exists.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
Since there is a general theorem that states that there must be at least one observable in a non-ergodic system whose space and time averages are different, the incompatibility with quantum mechanics is established.
Comments on Struyve and Baere's paper on experiments to distinguish Bohmian mechanics from quantum mechanics
Immediate” answers — a] Use a common algorithm with perturbative beta–functions to define ¯α and A , b] Relate them by an appropriate transformation (3) — turn out to be incompatible with the each other.
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling
Strings x and y are said to be incompatible , or disjoint , if there is no string z which is an extension of both x and y ; when x, y ∈ {0, 1}∗ , this simply means that x 6⊑ y and y 6⊑ x.
Independence Properties of Algorithmically Random Sequences