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Duplicate vs. Replication: Know the Difference

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Duplicate means to make an exact copy of something; replication involves reproducing or recreating something, potentially with slight variations.
Duplicate vs. Replication

Key Differences

Duplicate refers to creating an exact copy of something, maintaining all original characteristics. In contrast, replication is the process of reproducing something, which may not always result in an exact copy.
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Duplicating something means replicating its form and content with precision, while replication focuses more on recreating the essence or functionality of the original.
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Duplicate often implies a one-to-one correspondence with the original, whereas replication can involve repeating a process or concept, sometimes with variations.
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In duplicating, there's an emphasis on maintaining fidelity to the source, while replication can allow for adaptations based on context or purpose.
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Duplicates are often used when exactness is crucial, like in legal documents, whereas replications are common in experiments where conditions are reproduced.
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Comparison Chart

Objective

Exact copying
Reproducing or recreating
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Precision

High, exact
Can vary, not always exact
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Purpose

To mirror the original
To repeat or mimic
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Usage

Legal documents, art copies
Scientific experiments, methods
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Flexibility

Limited, exactness required
More flexible, allows adaptations
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Duplicate and Replication Definitions

Duplicate

A precise replica of something.
The artist created a duplicate of the famous painting.
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Replication

Repetition of a process or method.
The study involved the replication of earlier research.
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Duplicate

Multiplying or doubling something.
The company duplicated the flyer for distribution.
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Replication

To reproduce or recreate.
Scientists replicated the experiment to verify the results.
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Duplicate

To reproduce something identically.
The document was duplicated for all attendees.
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Replication

Imitating or mimicking.
The artist’s work is a replication of classic styles.
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Duplicate

Identically copied from an original.
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Replication

The act or process of replicating something.
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Duplicate

Existing or growing in two corresponding parts; double.
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Replication

(Biology) The process by which genetic material, a single-celled organism, or a virus reproduces or makes a copy of itself.
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Duplicate

Denoting a manner of play in cards in which partnerships or teams play the same deals and compare scores at the end
Duplicate bridge.
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Replication

In scientific research, the repetition of an experiment to confirm findings or to ensure accuracy.
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Duplicate

An identical copy; a facsimile.
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Replication

A copy or reproduction
A replication of a famous painting.
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Duplicate

One that corresponds exactly to another, especially an original.
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Replication

(Law) The plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea; a reply.
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Duplicate

(Games) A card game in which partnerships or teams play the same deals and compare scores at the end.
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Replication

The process by which an object, person, place or idea may be copied mimicked or reproduced.
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Duplicate

To make an exact copy of.
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Replication

Copy; reproduction.
That painting is an almost exact replication of a famous Rembrandt painting.
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Duplicate

To make twofold; double.
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Replication

(legal) A response from the plaintiff to the defendant's plea.
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Duplicate

To make or perform again; repeat
A hard feat to duplicate.
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Replication

(biology) The process of producing replicas of DNA or RNA molecules.
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Duplicate

To become duplicate.
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Replication

(computing) The process of frequent electronic data copying a one database in one computer or server to a database in another so that all users share the same level of information. Used to improve fault tolerance of the system.
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Duplicate

Being the same as another; identical, often having been copied from an original.
This is a duplicate entry.
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Replication

An answer; a reply.
Withouten any repplicacioun.
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Duplicate

(games) In which the hands of cards, tiles, etc. are preserved between rounds to be played again by other players.
Duplicate whist
Duplicate Scrabble
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Replication

The reply of the plaintiff, in matters of fact, to the defendant's plea.
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Duplicate

(transitive) To make a copy of.
If we duplicate the information, are we really accomplishing much?
Can you duplicate this kind of key?
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Replication

Return or repercussion, as of sound; echo.
To hear the replication of your sounds.
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Duplicate

(transitive) To do repeatedly; to do again.
You don't need to duplicate my efforts.
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Replication

A repetition; a copy.
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Duplicate

(transitive) To produce something equal to.
He found it hard to duplicate the skills of his wife.
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Replication

The copying, by enzymes, of a cell's genome, i.e. the DNA or RNA comprising its genetic material, so as to form an identical genome. This is an essential step in the division of one cell into two. This differs from transcription, which is the copying of only part of the genetic information of a cell's genome into RNA, as in the processes of biosynthesis of messenger RNA or ribosomal RNA.
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Duplicate

One that resembles or corresponds to another; an identical copy.
This is a duplicate, but a very good replica.
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Replication

The act of making copies;
Gutenberg's reproduction of holy texts was far more efficient
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Duplicate

(legal) An original instrument repeated; a document which is the same as another in all essential particulars, and differing from a mere copy in having all the validity of an original
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Replication

(genetics) the process whereby DNA makes a copy of itself before cell division
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Duplicate

A pawnbroker's ticket, which must be shown when redeeming a pledged item.
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Replication

A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one);
It brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher
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Duplicate

(uncountable) The game of duplicate bridge.
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Replication

(law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer
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Duplicate

(uncountable) The game of duplicate Scrabble.
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Replication

The persistence of a sound after its source has stopped
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Duplicate

A biological specimen that was gathered alongside another specimen and represents the same species.
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Replication

Copy that is not the original; something that has been copied
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Duplicate

Double; twofold.
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Replication

The repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion;
Scientists will not believe an experimental result until they have seen at least one replication
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Duplicate

That which exactly resembles or corresponds to something else; another, correspondent to the first; hence, a copy; a transcript; a counterpart.
I send a duplicate both of it and my last dispatch.
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Replication

Copying with the potential for variation.
The chef replicated the recipe with some personal tweaks.
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Duplicate

An original instrument repeated; a document which is the same as another in all essential particulars, and differing from a mere copy in having all the validity of an original.
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Replication

Re-creating with the essence of the original.
The playwright replicated the spirit of the original play in his adaptation.
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Duplicate

To double; to fold; to render double.
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Duplicate

To make a duplicate of (something); to make a copy or transcript of.
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Duplicate

To divide into two by natural growth or spontaneous action; as, infusoria duplicate themselves.
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Duplicate

Something additional of the same kind;
He always carried extras in case of an emergency
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Duplicate

A copy that corresponds to an original exactly;
He made a duplicate for the files
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Duplicate

Make or do or perform again;
He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick
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Duplicate

Duplicate or match;
The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse
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Duplicate

Make a duplicate or duplicates of;
Could you please duplicate this letter for me?
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Duplicate

Increase twofold;
The population doubled within 50 years
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Duplicate

Identically copied from an original;
A duplicate key
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Duplicate

Being two identical
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Duplicate

To make an exact copy.
She duplicated the key for her new roommate.
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Duplicate

Copying with exactness and accuracy.
The architect duplicated the blueprints for the contractors.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is a duplicate always an exact copy?

Yes, a duplicate implies exactness and precision.
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Can replication involve changes?

Yes, replication can include variations or adaptations.
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Is a photocopy a duplicate?

Yes, it's an exact copy of the original document.
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Is duplicating faster than replicating?

Often, as duplication involves exact copying without modifications.
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Can replication be used in research?

Yes, especially for reproducing experiments or studies.
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Is replication important in scientific methods?

Yes, it's crucial for validating results and theories.
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Can digital files be duplicated?

Yes, exactly and easily.
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Are duplicates legally equivalent to originals?

In many cases, yes, especially for documents.
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Does replication require understanding the original?

Typically, especially for complex replications.
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Can replication occur in nature?

Yes, such as in biological processes like cell division.
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Does replication always produce similar results?

Not always, as slight variations can occur.
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Can replication be creative?

Yes, it can involve creative interpretations or modifications.
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Is duplicating easier than creating?

Often, as it doesn’t involve original creation.
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Do duplicates have the same value as originals?

Often no, especially in art where originals hold more value.
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Is there a moral issue with duplicating?

It depends on context, like copyright laws.
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Is replication a form of learning?

Yes, particularly in educational or training contexts.
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Is duplicating art considered forgery?

Not if it's done without intent to deceive.
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Are replicated experiments always accurate?

They aim for accuracy, but variables can affect outcomes.
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Can replication lead to innovation?

Yes, through modifications and adaptations.
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Can a duplicate function as the original?

Usually, especially in cases of documents or keys.
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