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Compatibility vs. Affinity

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  • Compatibility (noun)

    The state of being compatible; in which two or more things are able to exist or work together in combination without problems or conflict.

  • Compatibility (noun)

    the capability of two or more items or components of equipment or material to exist or function in the same system or environment without mutual interference.

  • Compatibility (noun)

    the ability to execute a given program on different types of computers without modification of the program or the computers. See backward compatibility and forward compatibility.

  • Compatibility (noun)

    the capability that allows the substitution of one subsystem (storage facility), or of one functional unit (e.g., hardware, software), for the originally designated system or functional unit in a relatively transparent manner, without loss of information and without the introduction of errors.

  • Compatibility (noun)

    the continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed.

  • Affinity (noun)

    A natural attraction or feeling of kinship to a person or thing.

  • Affinity (noun)

    A family relationship through marriage of a relative (e.g. sister-in-law), as opposed to consanguinity (e.g. sister).

  • Affinity (noun)

    A kinsman or kinswoman of a such relationship; one who is affinal.

  • Affinity (noun)

    The fact of and manner in which something is related to another.

  • Affinity (noun)

    Any romantic relationship.

  • Affinity (noun)

    Any passionate love for something.

  • Affinity (noun)

    biological populations; resemblances that suggest that they are of a common origin, type or stock.

  • Affinity (noun)

    structural resemblances between minerals; resemblances that suggest that they are of a common origin or type.

  • Affinity (noun)

    An attractive force between atoms, or groups of atoms, that contributes towards their forming bonds

  • Affinity (noun)

    The attraction between an antibody and an antigen

  • Affinity (noun)

    tendency to keep a task running on the same processor in a symmetric multiprocessing operating system to reduce the frequency of cache misses

  • Affinity (noun)

    An automorphism of affine space.

Wiktionary
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  • Compatibility (noun)

    The quality or power of being compatible or congruous; congruity; as, a compatibility of tempers; a compatibility of properties.

  • Affinity (noun)

    Relationship by marriage (as between a husband and his wife's blood relations, or between a wife and her husband's blood relations); - in contradistinction to consanguinity, or relationship by blood; - followed by with, to, or between.

  • Affinity (noun)

    Kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages.

  • Affinity (noun)

    Companionship; acquaintance.

  • Affinity (noun)

    That attraction which takes place, at an insensible distance, between the heterogeneous particles of bodies, and unites them to form chemical compounds; chemism; chemical or elective affinity or attraction.

  • Affinity (noun)

    A relation between species or higher groups dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure, and indicating community of origin.

  • Affinity (noun)

    A superior spiritual relationship or attraction held to exist sometimes between persons, esp. persons of the opposite sex; also, the man or woman who exerts such psychical or spiritual attraction.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Compatibility (noun)

    a feeling of sympathetic understanding

  • Compatibility (noun)

    capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination

  • Affinity (noun)

    the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule;

    "basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"

  • Affinity (noun)

    (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody

  • Affinity (noun)

    kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship

  • Affinity (noun)

    (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts;

    "in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans"

  • Affinity (noun)

    a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character;

    "found a natural affinity with the immigrants"

    "felt a deep kinship with the other students"

    "anthropology's kinship with the humanities"

  • Affinity (noun)

    inherent resemblance between persons or things

  • Affinity (noun)

    a natural attraction or feeling of kinship;

    "an affinity for politics"

    "the mysterious affinity between them"

    "James's affinity with Sam"

Princeton's WordNet
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