• 1) Capital punishment could be a crime reduction tool.
  • 2) Capital punishment could be a crime-reducing tool

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

In other words, can they be used interchangeably?

First sentence: Reduction is an attributive noun, which acts like a modifying noun for the word tool.

Second sentence is a hyphenated adjective.

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From the point of view of the practical meaning, they are interchangeable. The difference is stylistic.

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