Stage & movieclip mouseevent conflict

hello kind people

i have a simple problem that i dont know how to solve in a simple way…

i have stage eventListener for a mouse click, and at the same time a movieclip that also listens for a mouse click.

when i click the mc both stage and mc react. how can i make sure that the stage reacts only when i dont click the mc as well?

I dont know eventhandling well, i dont set the capture, priority and reference because i dont know what they actually do (i’ve read a bit but didnt actually get it)

I thought to make the stage called function to have an if statement that’d make sure that i am not over the mc, and the only way i know how to do it is to have a variable changed on mouse_over of the mc. but i think there’s something far shorter and lighter…

can anybody please help?