Mutually Exclusive

Pronunciation: /ˈmju.tʃu.ə.li ɪkˈsklu.sɪv/ Explain

In probability, two or more events are mutually exclusive if no more than one of them can occur at a time. For example, when flipping a single coin, it can be heads or tails, but not both. In coin flips, heads and tails are mutually exclusive.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, mutually exclusive. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 121. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
  2. Goldberg, Samuel. Probability, An Introduction. pp 51-64. Prentice Hall. 1960. Last Accessed 9/2/2018. Buy the book

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  • McAdams, David E.. Probability. All Math Word Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 9/4/2018.

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McAdams, David E. Mutually Exclusive. 12/21/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
9/4/2018: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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