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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
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The photographed blooms possess an unusual balance of both depth and focus, qualities often mutually exclusive.
  • Obviously the answer to this question isn't mutually exclusive.
  • But the new study supports an alternative-although not mutually exclusive-explanation.
  • Good business sense and good environmental practices do not have to be mutually exclusive.
  • It turns out that being good for the environment and eating tons of animal products aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
  • First, it's important to note that none of these ten factors are mutually exclusive.
  • If anything, modern technology has aggravated the problem of mutually exclusive realities.
  • Peacekeeping and aid-sprinkling are complementary, not mutually exclusive, undertakings.
  • The problem with education is that it serves multiple and sometimes mutually exclusive if not overlapping goals.
  • Remind them that the theories aren't mutually exclusive.

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