Incompatible vs Incongruous - What's the difference?

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Incompatible is a related term of incongruous.


As adjectives the difference between incompatible and incongruous

is that incompatible is of two things: that cannot coexist; not congruous because of differences; irreconcilable; disagreeing while incongruous is not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in.

As a noun incompatible

is (medicine|chemistry|chiefly|in the plural) an incompatible substance; one of a group of things that cannot be placed or used together because of a change of chemical composition or opposing medicinal qualities.

incompatible

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Of two things: that cannot coexist; not congruous because of differences; irreconcilable; disagreeing.
  • (chemistry) Incapable of being together without mutual reaction or decomposition, as certain medicines.
  • Antonyms

    * compatible

    Derived terms

    * incompatibly * incompatibility

    See also

    * incombinable * uncombinable * ununifiable * antagonistic * antipodal * contrastive

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (medicine, chemistry, chiefly, in the plural) An incompatible substance; one of a group of things that cannot be placed or used together because of a change of chemical composition or opposing medicinal qualities.
  • the incompatibles of iron
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    incongruous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in.
  • * 1853 , , Villette , ch. 34:
  • [P]erhaps he thought me, with my basket of summer fruit, and my lack of the dignity age confers, an incongruous figure in such a scene.
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  • Ona was blue-eyed and fair, while Jurgis had great black eyes with beetling brows, and thick black hair that curled in waves about his ears—in short, they were one of those incongruous and impossible married couples with which Mother Nature so often wills to confound all prophets.
  • * 1912 , , A Son Of The Sun m ch. 1:
  • Ardent suns had likewise tanned his face till it was swarthy as a Spaniard's. The yellow mustache appeared incongruous in the midst of such swarthiness.
  • * 2014 , Daniel Taylor, England and Wayne Rooney see off Scotland in their own back yard'' (in ''The Guardian , 18 November 2014)[http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/nov/18/scotland-england-international-friendly-match-report]
  • For a few moments England toyed with the idea of making it a more difficult night than necessary. Scotland had scored a goal that seemed incongruous to the rest of their performance and, briefly, a fiercely partisan crowd sensed an improbable comeback.
  • (math) Of two numbers, with respect to a third, such that their difference can not be divided by it without a remainder.
  • 20 and 25 are incongruous with respect to 4.

    Derived terms

    * incongruously * incongruousness