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
Recent Examples on the Web The label covers every footwear category, from sneakers to flats to heels, and proves that comfort and style aren’t mutually exclusive. Eva Thomas,, "The Podiatrist-Approved Shoe Brand Oprah Loves Is Having a Huge Labor Day Sale," 5 Sep. 2020 The Powanica is proof that nuance and power are not mutually exclusive after all — that California Petite Sirah, even in all of its teeth-staining, burly glory, was always deserving of a second chance. Esther Mobley,, "Petite Sirah, one of California’s most maligned wines, gets a lighter, better makeover," 1 Sep. 2020 These two things are simply not mutually exclusive. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Rebuilding after riots, quelling unrest, the NFL, monarch butterflies," 31 Aug. 2020 Proving that practicality and haute couture are not mutually exclusive, the Kia Soul is one bodacious box. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Bargain boxes: 2020’s most affordable new CUVs," 22 Aug. 2020 The whole thing is a balm for anyone who is tired of defending the fact that liking makeup and being smart aren’t mutually exclusive. Cait Munro,, "An Ode To AOC’s Totally Normal-Looking Towel Rack," 22 Aug. 2020 Having fun and driving a practical crossover don't have to be mutually exclusive. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2020 Buick Encore GX Might Bore Us, but It Does the Job," 20 Aug. 2020 However, these philosophies aren’t mutually exclusive. Sophie Hayssen,, "What Trump Doesn’t Understand About Anarchists," 14 Aug. 2020 The two characterizations are not mutually exclusive, but the question of what her nomination means for Indian Country demands that both of these truths, and her limited powers if elected as vice president, be appropriately weighted. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Can Kamala Harris Earn the Trust of Indian Country?," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mutually exclusive

1874, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2020

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“Mutually exclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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