Definition of Compatibility

1. Noun. A feeling of sympathetic understanding.

Generic synonyms: Fellow Feeling, Sympathy

2. Noun. Capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination.
Specialized synonyms: Congeniality, Congenialness, Harmoniousness, Harmony, Accord, Agreement, Correspondence
Generic synonyms: Characteristic
Derivative terms: Compatible
Antonyms: Incompatibility

Definition of Compatibility

1. n. The quality or power of being compatible or congruous; congruity; as, a compatibility of tempers; a compatibility of properties.

Definition of Compatibility

1. Noun. The state of being compatible; in which two or more things are able to exist or perform together in combination without problems or conflict. ¹

2. Noun. (telecommunication) the capability of two or more items or components of equipment or material to exist or function in the same system or environment without mutual interference. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) the ability to execute a given program on different types of computers without modification of the program or the computers. See backward compatibility and forward compatibility. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) the capability that allows the substitution of one subsystem (storage facility), or of one functional unit (''e.g.'', hardware, software), for the originally designated system or functional unit in a relatively transparent manner, without loss of information and without the introduction of errors. ¹

5. Noun. (context: structural analysis) the continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed. ¹

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Definition of Compatibility

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Medical Definition of Compatibility

1. The condition of being compatible. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Compatibility

compatibility (current term)
compatibility group
compatible software
compatible solute

Literary usage of Compatibility

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. SAS 9.1.3 Language Reference: Concepts by SAS Institute (2005)
"compatibility between versions will vary depending on the type of SAS file, ... compatibility issues are generally handled automatically by SAS. ..."

2. Measurements for Competitiveness in Electronics (1994)
"compatibility compatibility has at least three dimensions: compatibility among variations of advanced video systems; compatibility between these advanced ..."

3. Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade Into the 21st Century by National Research Council (1995)
"compatibility When products are used together, the standards defining their ... compatibility standards—also known as interoperability standards—are ..."

4. The Foundations of Geometry by David Hilbert (1902)
"compatibility OF THE AXIOMS. THE axioms, which we have discussed in the previous chapter and have divided into five groups, are not contradictory to one ..."

5. The Foundations of National Prosperity: Studies in the Conservation of by Richard Theodore Ely, Charles Kenneth Leith, Ralph Henry Hess, Thomas Nixon Carver (1917)
"The final test of compatibility of personal and public motives lies in the correlation of ultimate private benefits and general economic The test of ..."

6. Problems of Science by Federigo Enriques (1914)
"THE compatibility OF THE POSTULATES OF A THEORY. ... Upon the basis of this principle, we seek to justify the compatibility of a system of (hypothetical) ..."

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