• WordNet 3.6
    • adj incompatible not compatible "incompatible personalities","incompatible colors"
    • adj incompatible incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
    • adj incompatible used especially of solids or solutions; incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture
    • adj incompatible not suitable to your tastes or needs "the uncongenial roommates were always fighting","the task was uncongenial to one sensitive to rebuffs"
    • adj incompatible not in keeping with what is correct or proper "completely inappropriate behavior"
    • adj incompatible not compatible with other facts
    • adj incompatible used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect
    • adj incompatible not easy to combine harmoniously
    • adj incompatible of words so related that one contrasts with the other "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Incompatible (Med. & Chem) An incompatible substance; esp., in pl., things which can not be placed or used together because of a change of chemical composition or of opposing medicinal qualities; as, the incompatibles of iron.
    • Incompatible (Chem) Incapable of being together without mutual reaction or decomposition, as certain medicines.
    • Incompatible Not compatible; so differing as to be incapable of harmonious combination or coexistence; inconsistent in thought or being; irreconcilably disagreeing; as, persons of incompatible tempers; incompatible colors, desires, ambition. "A strength and obduracy of character incompatible with his meek and innocent nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incompatible Not compatible; incapable of harmonizing or agreeing; mutually repelling; incongruous.
    • incompatible Specifically That cannot coexist or be conjoined, as mutually repellent substances, or ingredients in a medicine which react on each other, causing precipitation or serious change of composition, or remedies which have opposite medicinal properties. Such substances are distinctively called incompatibles. Synonyms Incompatible, Inconsistent, Incongruous, unsuitable, discordant, irreconcilable. Incompatible has reference to action or active qualities: as, incompatible medicines; those who are of incompatible temper cannot well coöperate. Inconsistent implies a standard, as of truth, right, or fitness: as, it is inconsistent with one's duty or profession. Incongruity is a want of suitableness, matching, or agreement, producing surprise, annoyance, or a sense of the absurd: as, incongruous colors; he had gathered a party of the most incongruous people. Drunkenness is incompatible with efficiency in an official, inconsistent with his manifest duty and perhaps his pledges, and incongruous with the dignity of his place. Inconsistent has somewhat wider uses: as, a man, or his course, or his statements, may be quite inconsistent, one part of his course or one statement furnishing a standard by which judgment is formed.
    • incompatible Persons or things that are incompatible with each other. See I., 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Incompatible in-kom-pat′i-bl not consistent: contradictory: incapable of existing together in harmony:
    • adj Incompatible in-kom-pat′i-bl (pl.) things which cannot coexist
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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
Pref. in-, not + compatible,: cf. F. incompatible,


In literature:

Logical consistency is usually incompatible with political success: compromise runs smooth, whilst principle jams.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
He and Garfield were of incompatible temper.
"McClure's Magazine, Volume VI, No. 3. February 1896" by Various
Joy may seem to him incompatible with heartfelt religion and aspiration.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
And his appearance was incompatible with his pretensions to pathos.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
Internment in the church is wisely prohibited; an indecency incompatible with a civilized people.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
It results naturally from the situation that the Japanese have two somewhat incompatible ambitions.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
Consult your own happiness, and, if incompatible, forget there is so unhappy a wretch.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVII. No. 101. May, 1876." by Various
The social difference was as much her protection as some preposterous incompatibility of age.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Temperamentally they were incompatible.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Here, again, there is no incompatibility between economy and conservation of special foods.
"Everyday Foods in War Time" by Mary Swartz Rose

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:

Although hardly unusual for the ramp up of any new technology, both incompatible formats for the next-gen of DVDs are experiencing delays in player and title shipments here in early spring, and that's the bad news.
"The majority of shark fishing is incompatible with our position on Sustainable Development".
If you're the owner of an older system with no native upgrade available (or, in techese, with incompatible sockets), you might be able to use a "performance upgrade" processor from a company like Evergreen Technologies or PowerLeap.
Methodist teaching states that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.
In his speech Wednesday night, Rep Paul Ryan made several statements that were incorrect, incomplete, or incompatible with his own record in Congress.
Overcoming incompatibility and improving throughput in wireless data systems applications for non-residential construction markets.
Obama's rhetoric incompatible with device tax, Reps say.
Trapping incompatible with Denali visitor experience.
When a Site Has an Installed Base of Incompatible DCS and Asset Management Suppliers, It May Have to Revert to the Host's Offerings.
How Can Incompatible DCS and Asset Management Suppliers Get Along.
Apple patents suggest ' incompatible ' dock connector for future iPhones.
An incompatible duo -- says columnist.
Well That's A Bummer: Verizon Claims LTE Phones "Probably" Incompatible with AT&T.
Incompatible security regulations will slow air cargo movements.
Bans two books, including Kurt Vonnegut 's "Slaughterhouse Five," after a parent complains about material incompatible with the Bible.

In science:

This is a picture incompatible with that of proteins, which must display a unique ground state, well separated from the others, and as few metastable states as possible.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
This framework may help bring clarity to some of the issues involved in trying to “derive” the second law from microscopic physics, or trying to discuss the incompatibility of it with microphysics.
The Deep Physics Behind the Second Law: Information and Energy As Independent Forms of Bookkeeping
We also indicate where there may be an incompatibility between a given WFSC system and a particular coronograph approach.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
At time scales shorter than 20 minutes we observe autocorrelated returns and power law tails incompatible with the Heston model.
Underlying Dynamics of Typical Fluctuations of an Emerging Market Price Index: The Heston Model from Minutes to Months
They are anticommuting, and therefore incompatible.
An index for the Dirac operator on D3 branes with background fluxes