# Solution vs. Answer — What's the Difference?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Published on October 1, 2023
A solution addresses and resolves a problem or challenge. An answer responds to a question or inquiry.

## Key Differences

Solution and Answer, while often used interchangeably, have distinct differences in context and use. A solution primarily pertains to addressing and resolving a problem, challenge, or situation. It signifies an end to an issue, presenting a method or means to overcome an obstacle. For instance, in mathematical or scientific scenarios, a solution can denote a method to arrive at a result or the mixture of solute in a solvent.
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Conversely, an answer is a direct response or reply to a question or inquiry. It provides clarity, information, or elucidation to a posed query. In many contexts, especially in examinations or quizzes, an answer indicates a student's response to a specific question. While a solution addresses the broader context of resolving, an answer simply addresses the query itself.
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It's crucial to recognize that while every solution can be an answer to a problem, not every answer serves as a solution. For instance, if asked about the capital of France, the answer is "Paris." However, if someone is facing issues in navigating through Paris, the solution might be a map or a guide.
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## Comparison Chart

### Primary Definition

Method or means to resolve a problem
Direct response to a question
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### Context of Use

Problems, challenges, situations
Questions, inquiries
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### Scope

Broader, encompasses entire issue or problem
Narrower, focuses on specific queries
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### Relation to Queries

Offers comprehensive resolution
Provides direct information or clarity
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## Compare with Definitions

#### Solution

The result of dissolving a solute in a solvent.
Salt water is a solution of salt in water.
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A solution to a problem or dilemma.
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#### Solution

A product or service designed to meet a particular need.
The software was a solution for data management.
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A reaction or response to a situation or stimulus.
The alarm was the answer to the security breach.
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#### Solution

A method or process of dealing with a problem
Sought a solution to falling enrollments.
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A series of words spoken, written, or signed in reaction to a question, request, or other prompt; a reply
I wrote weeks ago but never got an answer.
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#### Solution

The answer to a problem or the explanation for something
The solution to the mystery.
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An act that serves as a reply or response
Our only possible answer was to sue. Their answer was to ignore me.
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#### Solution

A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances, which may be solids, liquids, gases, or a combination of these.
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A solution or result, as to a problem
We all got the right answer to that problem.
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#### Solution

The process of forming such a mixture.
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The correct solution or response
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#### Solution

The state of being dissolved
Nitrogen that is in solution in the ocean.
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Something markedly similar to another of the same class
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#### Solution

(Archaic) The act of separating or breaking up; dissolution.
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(Law) A defendant's response to the allegations that have been made against them.
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#### Solution

A homogeneous mixture, which may be liquid, gas or solid, formed by dissolving one or more substances.
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To speak, write, or sign as a reaction to a question or other prompt
He couldn't take the call but answered with a text message.
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#### Solution

An act, plan or other means, used or proposed, to solve a problem.
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To act in reaction or as a response
Their team scored, but our team answered with a quick goal.
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#### Solution

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To be liable or accountable
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#### Solution

(marketing) A product, service or suite thereof, especially software.
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To serve the purpose; suffice
“Often I do use three words where one would answer” (Mark Twain).
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#### Solution

Satisfaction of a claim or debt.
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To match; correspond
I found a dog answering to that description.
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#### Solution

The act of dissolving, especially of a solid by a fluid; dissolution.
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#### Solution

The crisis of a disease.
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#### Solution

To treat with a solution.
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To respond correctly to
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#### Solution

The act of separating the parts of any body, or the condition of undergoing a separation of parts; disruption; breach.
In all bodies there is an appetite of union and evitation of solution of continuity.
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To act in response to
The police answered the call for help. The soldiers answered the attack.
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#### Solution

The act of solving, or the state of being solved; the disentanglement of any intricate problem or difficult question; explanation; clearing up; - used especially in mathematics, either of the process of solving an equation or problem, or the result of the process.
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To argue in defense of oneself against (an accusation or charge).
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#### Solution

The state of being dissolved or disintegrated; resolution; disintegration.
It is unquestionably an enterprise of more promise to assail the nations in their hour of faintness and solution, than at a time when magnificent and seductive systems of worship were at their height of energy and splendor.
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To be sufficient for (a need, for instance); fulfill
“My fortune has answered my desires” (Izaak Walton).
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#### Solution

The act or process by which a body (whether solid, liquid, or gaseous) is absorbed into a liquid, and, remaining or becoming fluid, is diffused throughout the solvent; also, the product resulting from such absorption.
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To match or correspond to
The suspect answers the description given by the police.
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#### Solution

Release; deliverance; discharge.
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A response or reply; something said or done in reaction to a statement or question.
Her answer to his proposal was a slap in the face.
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#### Solution

The termination of a disease; resolution.
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A solution to a problem.
There is no simple answer to corruption.
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#### Solution

A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution;
He used a solution of peroxide and water
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(legal) A document filed in response to a complaint, responding to each point raised in the complaint and raising counterpoints.
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#### Solution

A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem;
They were trying to find a peaceful solution
The answers were in the back of the book
He computed the result to four decimal places
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(ambitransitive) To make a reply or response to.
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#### Solution

A method for solving a problem;
The easy solution is to look it up in the handbook
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(transitive) To speak in defence against; to reply to in defence.
To answer a charge or accusation
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#### Solution

The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
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(ambitransitive) To respond to a call by someone at a door or telephone, or other similar piece of equipment.
Nobody answered when I knocked on the door.
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#### Solution

The successful action of solving a problem;
The solution took three hours
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(ambitransitive) To suit a need or purpose satisfactorily.
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#### Solution

A means to solve a problem or deal with a difficult situation.
The council found a solution to the city's traffic problem.
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To be accountable or responsible; to make amends.
The man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care.
He has a lot to answer for.
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#### Solution

A specific method for performing a task.
The engineer proposed a new solution for generating power.
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(legal) To file a document in response to a complaint.
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#### Solution

The correct answer to a mathematical problem.
After hours of calculation, she finally found the solution.
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To correspond to; to be in harmony with; to be in agreement with.
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To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
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To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; usually with to.
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To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification; to refute.
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To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, or demand.
He answered my claim upon him.
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(obsolete) To render account to or for.
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(obsolete) To atone for; to be punished for.
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(obsolete) To be or act as an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
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To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
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To speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the like; to reply to (a question, remark, etc.); to respond to.
She answers him as if she knew his mind.
So spake the apostate angel, though in pain: . . . And him thus answered soon his bold compeer.
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To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
No man was able to answer him a word.
These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant.
The reasoning was not and could not be answered.
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To be or act in return or response to.
This proud king . . . studies day and nightTo answer all the debts he owes unto you.
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To render account to or for.
I will . . . send him to answer thee.
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To atone; to be punished for.
And grievously hath Cæzar answered it.
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To be opposite to; to face.
The windows answering each other, we could just discern the glowing horizon them.
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To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
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To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
Weapons must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person.
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To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
There was no voice, nor any that answered.
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To make a satisfactory response or return.
Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law.
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To be or act in return.
Do the strings answer to thy noble hand?
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To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
That the time may have all shadow and silence in it, and the place answer to convenience.
If this but answer to my just belief,I 'll remember you.
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
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A reply to a charge; a defense.
At my first answer no man stood with me.
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Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
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Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
Great the slaughter isHere made by the Roman; great the answer beBritons must take.
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A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
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A counter-statement of facts in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to the complainant's charges in his bill.
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A statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation;
I waited several days for his answer
He wrote replies to several of his critics
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A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem;
They were trying to find a peaceful solution
The answers were in the back of the book
He computed the result to four decimal places
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The speech act of replying to a question
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The principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
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A nonverbal reaction;
His answer to any problem was to get drunk
Their answer was to sue me
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We answered that we would accept the invitation
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Give the correct answer or solution to;
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Respond to a signal;
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Understand the meaning of;
The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered
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Give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument);
The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution
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Be liable or accountable;
She must answer for her actions
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Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity;
This car suits my purpose well
Will \$100 do?
A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school
Nothing else will serve
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Match or correspond;
The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave
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Be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of;
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React to a stimulus or command;
The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch
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A response to a question or inquiry.
The teacher provided the answer to the student's question.
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A statement of acceptance or agreement.
He said yes in answer to the proposal.
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The correct choice or decision regarding a matter.
Moving to a new city was the answer to her dreams.
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## Common Curiosities

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#### Can one problem have multiple solutions?

Yes, often problems can have various viable solutions.
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#### Is a solution always complex?

No, solutions can be simple or complex based on the problem.
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#### Can a solution be intangible?

Yes, solutions can be strategies, ideas, or methods, not just physical items.
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#### Are Solution and Answer interchangeable?

Not always. While a solution can be an answer, not every answer is a solution.
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Solution, as it encompasses resolutions to a wider range of issues.
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#### Can an answer be incorrect?

Yes, answers can be right or wrong, while solutions are generally effective or ineffective.
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#### Can a solution be proactive, not just reactive?

Yes, solutions can be designed in anticipation of problems.
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#### Is an explanation the same as an answer?

Not always. An explanation gives detail or reasons, while an answer addresses a specific query.
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#### Is a solution always definitive?

No, some solutions might be temporary or partial.
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#### Can a single answer encompass multiple solutions?

Yes, a comprehensive answer might offer various solutions to a problem.
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#### Can you provide an answer without knowing the solution?

Yes, one might respond to a query without having a full resolution.
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#### Can an answer be lengthy?

Yes, depending on the question, answers can be brief or detailed.
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