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I am confused about when one uses the term “incompatible” and when “compatible”.
Is it sometimes believed that compatibility is about “working” and incompatibility about “not working”. However, consider the following two statements:
- Printer X is incompatible with the latest version of windows –does not work
- Grenade X is incompatible with normal handling – works (detonates)
Apparently incompatible can mean both not to work and to work”. Perhaps it is about something being “suitable”?
- Vending machine X is incompatible with the new currency – does not work, not suitable
- Vending machine X is incompatible with foreign coins – does not work, suitable
It seems that incompatibility can mean to be not suitable and suitable!
So, is there an easy way of explaining when to use the word compatible and when incompatible?