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 Madigan said the two scenarios weren’t mutually exclusive. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Council proposes to pay insurance premiums that the county failed to collect from custodians, clerks, landscapers in 2019," 7 Feb. 2020 But automation and human employment should not be viewed as mutually exclusive. Wired, "Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation," 5 Sep. 2019 But the North does not see the two as mutually exclusive. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Trump Dangles Aid Before North Korea. But Does Kim Jong-un Want It?," 1 June 2018 These words have long been synonymous with sustainable fashion, but a new guard of eco-conscious clothing pioneers are proving that earth-friendly and fashion-forward are no longer mutually exclusive. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Sustainable Looks That Make Fashion Proud," 20 Nov. 2019 With the move, Lunoe demonstrated that motherhood and a successful DJ career are not mutually exclusive. -- M.D. 64. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019 Segueing our conversation from institutional abuse to beauty seemed insensitive and awkward, but Heard reminds me that conversations about both aren't mutually exclusive. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Amber Heard Believes Makeup Can Be Tools of Power," 13 Dec. 2019 O'Rourke said the different ideas are not mutually exclusive., "Buttigieg goes on offensive during Democratic debate, sparring with Gabbard, O’Rourke - The Boston Globe," 16 Oct. 2019 All of the above – or some combination None of the above is mutually exclusive. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Is Trump too much of a perjury risk for prospective lawyers?," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mutually exclusive

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Mutually exclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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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