I know a word is more specific compared to a term but i don't know which one is definitive or the actual meaning of the two.

  • If you need to know the actual meaning of a word, the dictionary is a good place to start. If you edit your question to explain what you found when you looked up "term" and "word" and why that didn't help you, we may be able to reopen it. – ColleenV Nov 5 '17 at 10:14
  • I admit it is. I apologize for the inconvenience. – O_Maina Nov 6 '17 at 5:40

A word is language that is officially accepted,has an official definition, and is understood the same by everyone in general. A term is language used formally or informally that may be understood among some or a specific group (such as within an industry, a gang, a culture) but not everyone. For example slang.


We say "term" when discussing a word that has a specific meaning in a special context. Like someone might say, "What is the term in chemistry for a substance that ..." "Word" is more general. "The" and "dog" are words. You'd rarely refer to them as "terms".

Also, a "term" can be more than one word. Like you might say, "The term for that is 'style injection'", i.e. two words making up a single term.

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