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What is the difference between Flammable and Inflammable?

Asked by B. Wright, Last updated: Jan 14, 2020

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Howard Reyes

Howard Reyes, Science Teacher, California

Answered Sep 05, 2019

Flammable and inflammable are two words that are exactly the same, but one can easily conclude that they are opposite to each other. Both inflammable and flammable are used to describe things that are capable of burning, things that are combustible, especially liquid substances. Invariably, inflammable is more or less like a synonym for flammable. Although both words might be referring to the same thing, you will still notice little difference(s) between them. The major difference bet...Read More
 

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W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Aug 22, 2019

Inflammable and flammable are terms which mean the same thing to describe objects or items that can be burned or ignited. Flammable is the preferred term for a material that catches fire readily. Inflammable means the same thing that a material can burn easily. If a material doesn't burn easily, you could say it is not flammable or non-flammable. A few examples of flammable materials include wood, kerosene, and alcohol. Some examples of non-flammable materials include helium, glass, and...Read More
 

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