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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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 Because who said functionality and coolness have to be mutually exclusive? Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Clear & Clear Quietly Launches C&C, Its New Millennial-Targeted Skin-Care Line," 21 July 2018 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

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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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