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compatible (adj) (of persons) having a good understanding and a good relationship; (of machines and machine parts) able to be used together; (of ideas and methods) able to be used together without causing problems.

When two persons are compatible with each other, they get on well with each other, they understand each other perfectly, because of their similarity of ideas, views, attitudes, etc.. When a wedded couple are compatible, there are very good chances of their having a long and happy married life. They have a happy relationship. The parts of a machine of one make may not be compatible with the same machine of another make. That is the spares of the machine of one make cannot be used with the same kind of machine of another make. Compatible ideas and methods are those which can be applied together to produce a desired effect. Capitalism and socialism are not compatible. That is, they cannot be practiced together or exist together, as one is opposed to the other.

  • Their love and marriage lasted until the end of their lives, because they were perfectly compatible with each other. They had similar ideas, views, and attitudes that helped them to get along so happily.
  • We are not able to find spare parts that are compatible with our twenty year old automobile, which we still use for sentimental reasons. So whenever it goes out of order or a part is to be replaced, we have a problem.
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