from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of existing or performing in harmonious, agreeable, or congenial combination with another or others: compatible family relationships.
- adj. Capable of orderly, efficient integration and operation with other elements in a system with no modification or conversion required.
- adj. Capable of forming a chemically or biochemically stable system.
- adj. Of or relating to a television system in which color broadcasts can be received in black and white by sets incapable of color reception.
- adj. Medicine Capable of being grafted, transfused, or transplanted from one individual to another without rejection: compatible blood.
- n. A device, such as a computer or computer software, that can be integrated into or used with another device or system of its type.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Capable of easy interaction.
- adj. Able to get along well.
- n. Something that is compatible with something else.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of existing in harmony; congruous; suitable; not repugnant; -- usually followed by with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of coexisting or being found together in the same subject; consistent; reconcilable: now followed by with, formerly sometimes by to.
- Capable of existing together in harmony; suitable; agreeable; congenial; congruous.
- Synonyms Consistent (with), accordant (with), congruous (with), congenial (to), in keeping (with). For comparison, see incompatible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
- adj. capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
- adj. able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatībilis, from Late Latin compatī, to sympathize; see compassion.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle French compatible, from Medieval Latin compatibilis ("in compatible beneficium, a benefice which could be held together with another one"), from Late Latin compati ("to suffer with") (Wiktionary)