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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Deprecate and Depreciate Don't Mean The Same Thing

There are many words that can be used in place of another, but the English word Deprecate cannot be used in place of the English word Depreciate or vise versa, even though they can be considered as synonyms. But why not?

It is because Deprecate refers to the outright disapproval of something while Depreciate refers to the belittling or undervaluing of something.

For example, we can say: "The value of the car has depreciated in the market" but we cannot say: "The value of the car has deprecated in the market."
Also we can say: "His proposal was deprecated by the management" but we cannot say: "His proposal was depreciated by the management."

So you see, even though the words Deprecate and Depreciate can be considered as synonyms, that does not mean they mean the same thing and thus should not be used interchangeably.

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