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From Cambridge

act

something that you do

practice

something that is usually or regularly done, often as a habit, tradition, or custom

From a post

Unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices (UDAAPs) can cause significant financial injury to consumers, erode consumer confidence, and undermine the financial marketplace

From another post

FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO CHINA’S ACTS, POLICIES, AND PRACTICES

Both of them seem to indicate that 'acts' and 'practices' have different meanings. One of the differences is whether that "thing" takes place regularly. Is my understanding right?

Could someone give an act that is not a practice and a practice that is not an act?

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An unsanctioned "act" would be when, as a one-off, a vendor sells a shoddy article in order to clear it off the shelf, and refuse to refund it when the customer complains it is not up to standard.

An unsanctioned "practice" would be when a company, for example, manufactures a forgery of an authentic commodity and sells it as if it were the genuine article.

An "act" as described above could then become a "practice" if it were what the vendor did as a general technique for shifting otherwise unsaleable product -- but if it remains a one-off then it is an act.

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  • Thank you. Does "article" refer to something like a research paper or a post on a website?
    – RobertH
    Jun 7, 2020 at 8:43
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    I use the word "article" merely to mean "physical thing" in the context of a "commodity". The word has a far wider usage than just "published piece of work". In this context it could mean, for example, to pull out of my head something completely at random, "kettle". Jun 7, 2020 at 8:46

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