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mutually exclusive

of or relating to a situation involving two or more events, possibilities, etc., in which the occurrence of one precludes the occurrence of the other:
mutually exclusive plans of action.
Origin of mutually exclusive
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are not opposed, but supplementary — not mutually exclusive, but reconcilable.

  • The two classes must be mutually exclusive and together exhaustive.

  • The two were mutually exclusive so far as the gamete was concerned.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • These two trends are not mutually exclusive as is widely and erroneously believed.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The list is incomplete, and the classes are not mutually exclusive.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

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