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1. Capable of existing or performing in harmonious, agreeable, or congenial combination with another or others: compatible family relationships.
2. Capable of orderly, efficient integration and operation with other elements in a system with no modification or conversion required.
3. Capable of forming a chemically or biochemically stable system.
4. Medicine Capable of being grafted, transfused, or transplanted from one individual to another without rejection: compatible blood.
A device, such as a computer or computer software, that can be integrated into or used with another device or system of its type.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatībilis, from Late Latin compatī, to sympathize; see compassion.]

com·pat′i·bil′i·ty, com·pat′i·ble·ness n.
com·pat′i·bly adv.
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  1. Companionable as a cat and a goldfish —Anon
  2. Companionable [a mother and son] as a pair of collusive old whores —David Leitch
  3. Compatible as the stars and stripes on the American flag —Elyse Sommer
  4. Get on like a house on fire —Ngaio Marsh
  5. Get on like salt and iron —Loren D. Estleman
  6. Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore —Malcom Muggeridge quoted in Time, September 14, 1953
  7. Got along like Siamese twins —George Garrett
  8. Go together like a computer and an abacus —Anon
  9. Go together like apples and pie crust —Elyse Sommer

    These ‘go-togethers’ provide endless opportunity for additional twists.

  10. Go together like bagels and cream cheese —Anon
  11. Go together like blueberries and cream —Anon
  12. Go together like coffee and danish —Anon
  13. Go together like ice cream and salt —Anon
  14. Go together like meatballs and spaghetti —Anon
  15. Go together like paper and pencil —Anon
  16. Go together like tea and lemon —Anon
  17. Got on like twin souls —Edward Marsh
  18. Irreconcilable as a jazz band and a symphony orchestra —Paul Mourand
  19. No more affinity for each other than a robin for a goldfish —Eleanor Kirk
  20. Struck [Flanner and Mike Wallace] it off together like a pair of lighted pinwheels —Janet Flanner
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compatibility - a feeling of sympathetic understanding
fellow feeling, sympathy - sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
2.compatibility - capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
congeniality, congenialness - compatibility between persons
harmony, harmoniousness - compatibility in opinion and action
accord - sympathetic compatibility
agreement, correspondence - compatibility of observations; "there was no agreement between theory and measurement"; "the results of two tests were in correspondence"
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
incompatibility - the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
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1. agreement, consistency, accordance, affinity, conformity, concord, congruity, accord National courts can freeze any law while its compatibility with European Community legislation is tested.
2. like-mindedness, harmony, empathy, rapport, single-mindedness, amity, sympathy, congeniality Dating allows people to check out their compatibility before making a commitment to one another.
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تَوافُق، انْسِجام


[kəmˌpætəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ncompatibilidad f
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[kəmˌpætɪˈbɪlɪti] ncompatibilité f
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nVereinbarkeit f, → Kompatibilität f (geh); (Med) → Verträglichkeit f, → Kompatibilität f (spec); (Comput) → Kompatibilität f; their compatibility/lack of compatibility was obviouses war offensichtlich, dass die beiden gut/schlecht zueinanderpassten
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[kəmˌpætəˈbɪlɪtɪ] ncompatibilità
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(kəmˈpӕtəbl) adjective
able to agree or exist successfully side by side.
comˌpatiˈbility noun
comˈpatibly adverb
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According to IGN, a translation of Deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment John Kodera reads, "Having compatibility is a positive thing.
According to ( Cerny's interview with Wired , the lead system architect confirmed that the ( PS5 will have a backwards compatibility feature linking it to the previous console, PS4.
It describes the best way to promote compatibility between systems of security rights over tangible movables and receivables in Europe, focusing on the European Union and its Member States, addressing four types of compatibility through the ideas that means can be introduced at the centralized level or the local level and means can fall under substantive approaches or conflicts approaches: a centralized substantive approach, a centralized conflicts-approach, a local conflicts-approach, and a local substantive approach.
According to Google, its 9.0 devices aren't alone -- the company is working with several smartphone manufacturers to bring wireless compatibility to devices with Android 8.0 OS.
"IPC-9505 is the result of a need to replace the Mil-Std-202 Method 215," said Eddie Hofer, Rockwell Collins, chair of the Cleaning Compatibility Task Group.
Although the present research was not concerned with testing theoretical explanations for negative compatibility effects, we shortly summarize the most important explanations of it (for a review, see, e.g., [13]).
Scope and Regional Forecast of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Shielding Market:
Electromagnetic compatibility of a device or system is an important aspect from the safety and protection point of view.
CMTL (Computer Memory Test Labs) said that Dataram has maintained a 100 percent pass rate for 2015 with completion of the 250th test performed in the CMTL Certified/Intel Approved advanced compatibility and functionality memory module testing program.
Compatibility of native biocontrol bacterial isolates with phyto-extracts possessing biocontrol properties