incompossible
Mutually exclusive. Ambrose Bierce's definition and example from The Devil's Dictionary cannot be bettered: ‘Two things are incompossible when the world of being has scope enough for one of them, but not enough for both—as Walt Whitman's poetry and God's mercy to man.’

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  • Incompossible — In com*pos si*ble, a. [Pref. in not + compossible: cf. F. incompossible.] Not capable of joint existence; incompatible; inconsistent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ambition and faith . . . are . . . incompossible. Jer. Taylor. {In com*pos si*bil i*ty}, n …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incompossible — (in kon po si bl ) adj. Terme dogmatique. Qui se détruit réciproquement, qui ne peut exister ensemble, en parlant d idées, de propositions. Des termes incompossible, Dict. de Trévoux. ÉTYMOLOGIE    In.... 1, cum, avec, simultanément, et possible …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • incompossible — adjective Not capable of joint existence; incompatible; inconsistent …   Wiktionary

  • incompossible — in·compossible …   English syllables

  • incompossible — |in+ adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin incompossibilis, from Latin in in (I) + Medieval Latin compossibilis compossible more at compossible : not mutually possible : inconsistent, incompatible …   Useful english dictionary

  • Incompossibility — Incompossible In com*pos si*ble, a. [Pref. in not + compossible: cf. F. incompossible.] Not capable of joint existence; incompatible; inconsistent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ambition and faith . . . are . . . incompossible. Jer. Taylor. {In com*pos… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compossibilite — Compossibilité La compossibilité selon Leibniz La compossibilité est un concept philosophique défini par Leibniz. Elle a une sphère logique plus restreinte que celle de la possibilité logique. Pour exister il ne suffit pas que quelque chose soit… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Compossibilité — La compossibilité selon Leibniz La compossibilité est un concept philosophique défini par Leibniz. Elle a une sphère logique plus restreinte que celle de la possibilité logique. Pour exister il ne suffit pas que quelque chose soit possible, il… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von — (1646 1716)    by Brett Nicholls   Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz is drawn into Deleuze s engagement with the history of philosophy with a book length study, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, and he is present at strategic moments in Deleuze s… …   The Deleuze dictionary

  • Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von — (1646 1716)    by Brett Nicholls   Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz is drawn into Deleuze s engagement with the history of philosophy with a book length study, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, and he is present at strategic moments in Deleuze s… …   The Deleuze dictionary

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