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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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  • It is, of course, impossible to reconcile these mutually exclusive abstractions either in theory or in practice.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • The two were mutually exclusive so far as the gamete was concerned.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Why may we not consider the several "steps" of the inductive lesson as occurring in a definite and mutually exclusive sequence?

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • These two trends are not mutually exclusive as is widely and erroneously believed.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • As a matter of fact the two ideas are not mutually exclusive; sexual reproduction may accomplish both of these ends.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer

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