Definition of incompatibility in US English:



  • 1The condition of two things being so different in nature as to be incapable of coexisting.

    ‘genetic incompatibility’
    ‘the incompatibility between industry and nature’
    ‘a strategy for resolving incompatibilities’
    • ‘Hybridization may result in sterile offspring because of the incompatibility of genes or enzyme systems inherited from two dissimilar species.’
    • ‘Incompatibilities among readers and publishers' copyright restrictions mean that books loaded on one reader cannot be transferred to another one.’
    • ‘Rhesus disease is a blood disease caused by the incompatibility of Rh factors between a fetus and a mother's red blood cells.’
    • ‘The incompatibility of slave with free labor is advanced to explain the lag of unionism in the South.’
    • ‘More studies with other incompatibility genes are necessary.’
    • ‘Time might have helped to resolve most of the problems thrown up by these apparent incompatibilities of view.’
    • ‘Is it true that the sign under which one was born determines one's compatibility or incompatibility with other people?’
    • ‘Tissue and blood type incompatibilities remain the most significant barrier to further expansion of live donation.’
    • ‘It is caused by incompatibility between interacting genes.’
    • ‘There is some incompatibility between the three sets of estimates.’
    1. 1.1 Inability of two people to live together harmoniously.
      ‘our different backgrounds had something to do with our incompatibility’
      • ‘In 1828 they separated, because of personal incompatibilities.’
      • ‘They had a son, Conrad, but incompatibility in age and temperament tore the marriage apart.’
      • ‘These evidences of an incompatibility of temper induced Emily to effect a separation by mutual consent.’
      • ‘From 1969 to 1985, all the states either replaced the fault grounds with no-fault grounds such as incompatibility, or irretrievable breakdown or added those no-fault grounds to the existing fault grounds.’
      • ‘Their marriage ended in divorce on the grounds of sexual incompatibility.’
      • ‘Citing incompatibility, he divorced and then remarried.’
      • ‘This play is a study of incompatibility.’
      • ‘The two actors share a genuine love, undermined by their complete incompatibility.’
    2. 1.2 Inability of equipment, computer programs, etc. to be used in combination.
      ‘defects due to software incompatibility’
      • ‘Incompatibility among US cellular networks has stalled the technology.’
      • ‘There are huge hardware incompatibility issues.’
      • ‘With 40 to 50 programs installed, I've encountered only a few minor incompatibilities.’
      • ‘I have run into a few problems because of browser incompatibility in the design of the site.’
      • ‘Industry critics point to potential incompatibility down the road with other IP standards.’
      • ‘I encountered problems in accessing the video images because of incompatibility with certain software.’
      • ‘You can bypass software incompatibility by downloading free instant messaging products.’
      • ‘There can be real, though arbitrary, incompatibilities between programs, which will cause problems from time to time.’