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

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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Westworld has always been more about plot than character development, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive, as Season 2 seems to think. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ghost Nation, Revealed," 10 June 2018 Other niche players have caught on to the idea that high-performance and electric propulsion are far from mutually exclusive—and may soon become synonymous. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Any soccer fan would have to be amused by recent complaints from some American sports fans that politics and sports should be mutually exclusive entities. Ann Killion,, "Shut up and dribble? Not in basketball. Certainly not in soccer," 25 June 2018 Often, who went on dates in high school was about attractiveness and popularity, which was not necessarily mutually exclusive with being a nerd, a term frequently used for a person with good grades. Preston Mitchum, The Root, "Dear Black Male Nerds: Maybe There’s Another Reason the Popular Black Girls in High School Rejected You," 11 May 2018 This is a motley list of parents, some of which are mutually exclusive or at least very hard to square. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Centrist Grievance Against “Victim Politics”," 7 May 2018 Both groups feel injured or overlooked—often in mutually exclusive ways. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "It’s the Era of Feelings, and Not Necessarily Good Ones," 4 May 2018 While the right’s rhetoric is riddled with mutually exclusive positions on state power, its underlying worldview seems (relatively) consistent. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes," 13 Feb. 2018 Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive and both have attracted a top client roster of royal families and celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Rivers, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and others. 4. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "The Best Wedding Planners in the U.S., Canada and Overseas," 17 May 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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