mutually exclusive


: being related such that each excludes or precludes the other
mutually exclusive events
also : incompatible
their outlooks were not mutually exclusive

Example Sentences

the two plans are mutually exclusive; implementing one will automatically rule out the other
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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mutually exclusive was in 1874

Dictionary Entries Near mutually exclusive

Cite this Entry

“Mutually exclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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