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Origin of mutually exclusive
Words nearby mutually exclusive
What does mutually exclusive mean?
Describing two things as mutually exclusive means that they can’t both exist, be true, or happen at the same time.
In most cases, the phrase implies that one of the things prevents the other from happening or being true, or that both things prevent each other from happening or being true.
Mutually exclusive is often used in negative constructions about things that are said to be not mutually exclusive—meaning they can both happen or be true at the same time.
Example: Kindness and a good business sense are not mutually exclusive—it’s possible to be financially successful without being a jerk.
Where does mutually exclusive come from?
The first records of the phrase mutually exclusive come from the 1870s. In mutually exclusive, mutually is used in the sense of a reciprocal relationship (one that involves a pair in which each part impacts the other), and exclusive is used to indicate that something is being excluded or precluded from happening or being true.
Mutually exclusive is sometimes used in the context of logic and probability. In logic, it’s used to describe two statements (also called propositions) that are completely incompatible with each other. For example, “It is Monday” and “It is Friday” are mutually exclusive propositions. In probability, mutually exclusive scenarios are those in which one option blocks the other from happening (like rolling a die and getting a certain number, which precludes you from getting any of the other numbers on the die).
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What are some other forms related to mutually exclusive?
- mutual exclusion (noun)
- mutual exclusivity (noun)
- mutual exclusiveness (noun)
- mutually exclude (verb)
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How is mutually exclusive used in real life?
Mutually exclusive can be used in all kinds of contexts, but it’s commonly used in the context of events, plans, and personal traits.
Huh.. either I will be able to eat breakfast or be punctual. Mutually exclusive things.
— Astik Kulkarni (@AstikKulkarni) February 4, 2021
I just want everyone to understand for certain that lived mental illness experience and success as an academic and/or practicing clinical psychologist are NOT mutually exclusive.
— Dr. Jessica Schleider (@JSchleiderPhD) February 8, 2021
Just a reminder that I am a trans ally.
I support the rights of trans & non binary folks to live equal, safe & joyful lives.
Also, we need more accessible toilets AND gender neutral toilets, they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
All of us need to pee.
— Dr Amy Kavanagh👩🏼🦯 🦮 (@BlondeHistorian) March 4, 2020
Try using mutually exclusive!
Which of the following pair of scenarios involves two mutually exclusive things?
A. Owning a cat and owning a turtle
B. Liking chocolate and liking vanilla
C. Being alive and being dead
D. Having brown hair and having freckles
Example sentences from the Web for mutually exclusive
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The future Mr. Vergara—and star of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Magic Mike’ shares some life advice in an exclusive video.
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.
But fun and insight are not always mutually exclusive, certainly not here.
One winter night, Posho Wembore sneaked into the exclusive whites-only club of the Hotel Pourquoi Pas?‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This has a warm though a thin soil, which must be highly favorable to the Vine to induce so exclusive a devotion to it.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The exile and the maiden, in short, fell in love with each other, and they mutually vowed never to be parted but by force.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
We shook each other by the hand, and congratulated one another mutually, as if we had done some great and heroic deed.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
If it continues the same we can continue to sink 20 fathoms per month, exclusive of the time it will take to fix the lifts.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
He turned into this, to where his aunt lived some distance out in the most exclusive part of its residence section.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux