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incompatible

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.kəmˈpæt.ɪ.bl̩/ us    /-ˈpæt̬.ə-/
not able to exist or work with another person or thing because of basic differences: When we started living together we realized how incompatible we were - our interests were so different. Maintaining quality is incompatible with increasing output. Any new video system that is incompatible with existing ones has little chance of success.Different and difference
incompatibility
noun [U] uk   /ˌɪn.kəmˌpæt.ɪˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ˌpæt̬.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
An incompatibility problem prevents the two pieces of software from being used together.Different and difference
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