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Please can you tell me the difference between flammable and inflammable?

Please can you tell me the difference between flammable and inflammable?
Charlie Whiting from Hampshire (Age 5-14)

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One Response

  1. Inflammable and flammable both mean “combustible.” Inflammable is the older by about 200 years. Flammable now has certain technical uses, particularly as a warning on vehicles carrying combustible materials, because of a belief that some might interpret the intensive prefix in- of inflammable as a negative prefix and thus think the word means “noncombustible.”

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