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mutual exclusion

mutual exclusion in Technology

parallel, operating system
(Or "mutex", plural: "mutexes") A collection of techniques for sharing resources so that different uses do not conflict and cause unwanted interactions. One of the most commonly used techniques for mutual exclusion is the semaphore.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • How many hostile tenets has it enabled me to contemplate as fragments of truth, false only by negation and mutual exclusion?

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • But mutual exclusion of this passive sort constitutes that which is extended.

  • Only while we use it, it must be understood to express mutual inclusion, not mutual exclusion.

    Lux Mundi Various

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