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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Medieval Latin compatibilis, from Late Latin compati; COMPASSION

compatible

1 adjective
     
com‧pat‧i‧ble1
1TD if two pieces of computer equipment are compatible, they can be used together, especially when they are made by different companies [↪ compatibility]:
The new software is IBM compatible (=can be used with IBM computers).
2TD able to exist or be used together without causing problems [↪ compatibility]
compatible with
Stephen's political views often weren't compatible with her own.
3 two people that are compatible are able to have a good relationship because they have similar opinions or interests [↪ compatibility]
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