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    Thumbs down what is the difference?

    I was wondering the difference between 'invention' and 'innovation'
    Do they have the same meaning?

    thanks.

    -Elif

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    Re: what is the difference?

    Hello Elif

    Probably every invention has to have an element of innovation; but not every innovation is an invention.

    It seems to me that an "invention" solves a problem and is new; but an innovation is simply new.

    Also, we usually apply "innovation" to something we approve of, or something that is surprising (i.e. it tends to have positive connotations); whereas "invention" does not necessarily carry any such connotations.

    (In the above, by the way, I've assumed that you're interested in the countable uses of the words "an invention", "an innovation" as opposed to the abstract, non-countable uses. )

    All the best,

    MrP

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