1. able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
; - Example: "a compatible married couple"- Example: "her deeds were compatible with her ideology"
2. capable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification
3. capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Compatible \Com*pat"i*ble\, a. [F., fr. LL.compatibilis, fr. L.
compati. See Compassion.]
Capable of existing in harmony; congruous; suitable; not
repugnant; -- usually followed by with.
Our poets have joined together such qualities as are by
nature the most compatible. --Broome.
Syn: Consistent; suitable; agreeable; accordant.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable
combination; "a compatible married couple"; "her deeds
were compatible with her ideology" [ant: incompatible]
2: capable of being used with or connected to other devices or
components without modification [ant: incompatible]
3: capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither
separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
123 Moby Thesaurus words for "compatible":
accordant, affable, affirmative, agreeable, agreeing, akin,
amiable, amicable, answerable, appropriate, at one, attuned,
blissful, cheerful, civil, clubbable, clubbish, clubby, coexistent,
coexisting, coherent, coincident, coinciding, commensurate,
communicative, companionable, companionate, complaisant,
concordant, concurring, conformable, congenial, congruent,
congruous, consentaneous, consentient, consistent, consonant,
cooperating, cooperative, cordial, correspondent, corresponding,
courteous, desirable, dulcet, empathetic, empathic, en rapport,
enjoyable, equivalent, fair, fair and pleasant, felicific,
felicitous, fine, fit, fit for society, fitting, fond of society,
frictionless, friendly, genial, good, goodly, gracious, grateful,
gratifying, gregarious, harmonious, heart-warming, honeyed,
hospitable, in accord, in agreement, in concert, in rapport,
in sync, in synchronization, in tune, inaccordance, inharmony,
likable, like-minded, meet, mellifluous, mellow, nice, of a piece,
of like mind, of one mind, on all fours, peaceful, pleasant,
pleasing, pleasurable, pleasure-giving, pleasureful, positive,
proper, proportionate, reconcilable, rewarding, satisfying,
self-consistent, sociable, social, social-minded, suitable, sweet,
symbiotic, sympathetic, synchronized, synchronous, together,
unanimous, understanding, uniform, unisonant, unisonous, united,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
Different systems (e.g., programs, file formats,
protocols, even programming languages) that can work
together or exchange data are said to be compatible.
See also backward compatible, forward compatible.