mutually exclusive

noun
of or pertaining 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:
1870–75

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Example sentences
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.
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