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com·pat·i·ble

compatible

 
 
pronunciation:
km pae t bl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: able to exist or function harmoniously with another.
Your old printer may not be compatible with your new computer.Fortunately, the three of us are very compatible roommates.
 
synonyms:
concordant, conformable, congenial, harmonious
antonyms:
discordant, incompatible, irreconcilable
similar words:
at one, companionate, concurrent, consonant, fitting, similar, suitable
definition 2: consistent; congruous.
The detective's theory is compatible with the evidence.These symptoms are compatible with a diagnosis of kidney disease.
synonyms:
agreeing, concordant, conformable, conforming, consistent, consonant
antonyms:
discordant, exclusive, incompatible, inconsistent
similar words:
according, congruent, congruous, corresponding
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)compatible chemically, completely, culturally, entirely, environmentally, fully, generally, highly, ideologically, mutually, necessarily, perfectly, sexually, sufficiently, surprisingly, wholly
(adj.)compatible + adverb intellectually
(adj.)compatible + noun belief, blaster, chip, companion, computer, conception, conservation, constraint, database, democracy, device, diagnosis, discourse, donor, ecosystem, equipment, finish, format, fungus, goal, hypothesis, ideal, identity, ideology, integration, interpretation, laptop, learning, lifestyle, maintenance, marrow, modem, modernity, nationalism, notion, objective, operating, ownership, philosophy, principle, printer, profit, proposition, quantum, recipient, requirement, software, style, system, theology, theory, tissue, value, valve, version, virtue, wilderness [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: compatibly (adv.), compatibility (n.), compatibleness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word compatible contains the following parts:
pati, pass Latin root that means suffer, endure
synonyms:
path, patho, -pathic, -pathy
 
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable