mutually exclusive

adjective

Essential Meaning 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 War and peace are mutually exclusive. [=war and peace cannot exist at the same time] mutually exclusive events

Full 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
Recent Examples on the Web Plotkin said the efforts aren’t mutually exclusive. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 As with the Sierra, automatic lane changes and towing are mutually exclusive functions. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Ultra-low interest rates are an invitation to malinvestment, irresponsibility, and delusion (not mutually exclusive failings), especially when those rates are, even if only in part, the work of non-market actors. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 2 July 2021 Yes, the sweats are cozy, but no one’s taking them away from you and fastening your corset laces—they’re not mutually exclusive. Jill Kargman, Town & Country, 20 Apr. 2021 Whether antitrust laws need modernizing and whether the Justice Department can win its case against Google with existing laws are not mutually exclusive matters. Steve Lohr, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 Whether antitrust laws need modernizing and whether the Justice Department can win its case against Google with existing laws are not mutually exclusive matters. Steve Lohr, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2020 Hidden Portside’s new superyacht is further proof that sustainability and luxury boating are not mutually exclusive. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2021 The anti-vaxxers assert in effect that the EUA and full authorization are mutually exclusive, as though a drug or vaccine can be only one or the other. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of mutually exclusive

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mutually exclusive was in 1874

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16 Sep 2021

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“Mutually exclusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutually%20exclusive. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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