AskDefine | Define compatibility

Dictionary Definition



1 a feeling of sympathetic understanding [syn: rapport]
2 capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination [ant: incompatibility]

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In the context of "structural analysis": the continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed


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Extensive Definition

compatibility in German: Kompatibilität
compatibility in French: Compatibilité
compatibility in Japanese: 互換性
compatibility in Dutch: Compatibiliteit
compatibility in Polish: Kompatybilność
compatibility in Chinese: 配合度

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accord, accordance, affability, affinity, agape, agreeability, agreeableness, agreement, amenity, amiability, amicability, amity, assent, bliss, blissfulness, bonds of harmony, brotherly love, caritas, cement of friendship, charity, chorus, civility, clubbability, clubbishness, clubbism, coherence, coincidence, communicativeness, communion, community, community of interests, companionability, complaisance, concert, concord, concordance, conformance, conformation, conformity, congeniality, congruence, congruency, congruity, consistency, consonance, consort, cooperation, cordiality, correspondence, courtesy, empathy, enjoyableness, equivalence, esprit, esprit de corps, familiarity, feeling of identity, felicitousness, fellow feeling, fellowship, fondness for society, frictionlessness, friendliness, geniality, good vibes, good vibrations, goodliness, goodness, graciousness, gregariousness, happy family, harmoniousness, harmony, hospitality, identity, intersection, intimacy, kinship, like-mindedness, love, mellifluousness, mellowness, mutuality, niceness, oneness, overlap, parallelism, peace, pleasance, pleasantness, pleasantry, pleasingness, pleasurability, pleasurableness, pleasure, pleasurefulness, rapport, rapprochement, reciprocity, self-consistency, sharing, sociability, sociableness, social grace, sociality, solidarity, sweetness, symmetry, sympathy, symphony, sync, synchronism, tally, team spirit, timing, understanding, uniformity, union, unison, unisonance, unity, urbanity, welcomeness
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