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Is there a difference between the two terms?

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Is there a difference between the two terms?

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you forgot to mention pyrophoric.
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Is there a difference between the two terms?

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you forgot to mention pyrophoric.
or the rather illogical

flammable = inflammable
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you forgot to mention pyrophoric.

That's not really the same though is it. I suppose that flammable and combustible are the same. Even wiki suggests the articles on them could be merged
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to most people in every day use they are the same however when it comes to warning labels then there are differences. If something is flammable then it might catch fire under fairly normal circumstances (small spark, cigarette not put out properly etc) If it is combustible then it just means it will burn.
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to most people in every day use they are the same however when it comes to warning labels then there are differences. If something is flammable then it might catch fire under fairly normal circumstances (small spark, cigarette not put out properly etc) If it is combustible then it just means it will burn.
Is it possible for something to be flammable but not combustible?
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Is it possible for something to be flammable but not combustible?
no but not everything that's combustible is flammable
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no but not everything that's combustible is flammable
So could you say for example that turpentine is flammable and combustible.

But, coal for example is not flammable but combustible.

Ahh that sounds really clear cut now
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So could you say for example that turpentine is flammable and combustible.

But, coal for example is not flammable but combustible.

Ahh that sounds really clear cut now
that's exactly right
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