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 Cloud storage and external hard drives aren't mutually exclusive. New Atlas, 9 July 2024 Raising this issue publicly would, at a minimum, have the benefit of revealing two key Russian preferences: whether Putin will once again negotiate over defense infrastructure, and whether Russian cooperation and NATO membership are mutually exclusive. M. E. Sarotte, Foreign Affairs, 8 July 2024 Of course, possessing soft skills or technical skills doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 1 July 2024 Experiences of suffering and flourishing are not mutually exclusive. Laura Captari, The Conversation, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for mutually exclusive 

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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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“Mutually exclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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