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"incompatible" in British English

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incompatibleadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.kəmˈpæt.ɪ.bl̩/  us   /-ˈpæt̬.ə-/
not ​able to ​exist or ​work with another ​person or thing because of ​basicdifferences: When we ​startedliving together we ​realized how incompatible we were - ​ourinterests were so different. Maintaining ​quality is incompatible withincreasingoutput. Any new ​videosystem that is incompatible withexistingones has little ​chance of ​success.
incompatibility
noun [U] uk   /ˌɪn.kəmˌpæt.ɪˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ˌpæt̬.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
An incompatibility ​problemprevents the two ​pieces of ​software from being used together.
(Definition of incompatible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incompatible" in American English

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incompatibleadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·kəmˈpæt̬·ə·bəl/
not ​able to ​exist or ​work with another ​person or thing: Any new ​videosystem that is incompatible with ​existingones has little ​chance of ​success.
incompatibility
noun [U]  us   /ˌɪn·kəmˌpæt·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
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"incompatible" in Business English

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incompatibleadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪnkəmˈpætəbl/
so different that both cannot ​happen, be ​correct, or be ​accepted at the same ​time: The ​aims of the two ​partners were so fundamentally incompatible that an outside ​arbitrator was called in.incompatible with sth She argued that his outside ​interests were incompatible with his role as ​teamleader.
IT not able to ​work with other ​equipment: The ​file was in an incompatible ​format and could not be ​printed.incompatible with sth Ethernet and RJ11 adapters are incompatible with each other.
HR not able to ​work well with someone or within a ​company: Human ​resourcesfound the two ​managers to be mutually incompatible.
(Definition of incompatible from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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