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
Recent Examples on the Web Managerial and technical paths are not always mutually exclusive. Tariq Samad, IEEE Spectrum, 9 May 2024 The groups are not mutually exclusive — historically, many candidates exhibit the traits of multiple categories, and so does Mr. Kennedy. Nate Cohn, New York Times, 4 May 2024 My point here is that the two do not have be mutually exclusive. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 At Boca de Agua, economic viability and environmental guardianship aren't considered mutually exclusive. Natalie Stoclet, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 While their respective directives aren’t mutually exclusive—and compliance is a key facet of the CDO role—chief legal officers are likelier to err on the side of caution, potentially hampering diversity heads’ ability to effect change—and do so swiftly. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 Joy and sadness aren’t mutually exclusive, and that duality can, in fact, coexist. Akiva Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 At the Grammys, celebration and criticism aren’t mutually exclusive. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Safety and innovation in AI are not mutually exclusive. Alondra Nelson, Foreign Affairs, 12 Jan. 2024

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Mutually exclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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