mutually exclusive


Definition of mutually exclusive

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

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Examples of mutually exclusive in a Sentence

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

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Muslim women are forced to choose between their safety and their faith when there is no reason that the two should be mutually exclusive. Hadeel Eltayeb, Teen Vogue, "Listening to Muslim Women Is More Important This Muslim Women's Day Than Ever Before," 27 Mar. 2019 The proposals are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Should the Legislature bring universal health care to Washington?," 19 Feb. 2019 Neither category is mutually exclusive, with many works doing double-duty by fitting into both — and others. David Pagel,, "Where to find fantastic beasts? At Big Pictures Los Angeles' 'Airtight Garage'," 17 Apr. 2018 Makeup and masculinity aren't mutually exclusive — a fact that is finally on full display, colorfully and unapologetically. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 Paradoxically, many of these same advocates seem worried today’s low interest rates are high enough to undermine growth; those two views are mutually exclusive. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump’s Volatility Only Adds to Stock-Market Selling Pressure," 26 Dec. 2018 The idea that forgiveness and justice are mutually exclusive is more than semantics. Megan Feldman Bettencourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Forgiveness Has Been Weaponized Against Women," 25 Sep. 2018 Of course, some get-down and lift-up need not be mutually exclusive. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin's funeral attended by Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ariana Grande and Faith Hill perform," 31 Aug. 2018 Retail experts in all parts of the world recognize that online retail and physical retail don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Esther Fung, WSJ, "China’s Online Shopping Giants Open Thousands of Bricks-and-Mortar Stores," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of mutually exclusive

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mutually exclusive

: related in such a way that each thing makes the other thing impossible : not able to be true at the same time or to exist together

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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