backward-compatible


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back·ward-com·pat·i·ble

(băk′wərd-kəm-păt′ə-bəl)
adj.
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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5 percent represented gamers spending time playing backward-compatible titles.
The family of fully backward-compatible benchtops, complete with a new embedded processor and data storage, provides a platform for increased efficiency and color measurement confidence.
While they are designed to be fully backward-compatible to XP Office and even older Windows applications, I've had occasional unpleasant experiences in the past with software that claims to be backward-compatible.
In addition, all three generations of AIT drives available today are both read and write backward-compatible.