Difference between Stationery and Stationary

Difference between Stationery and StationaryDifference between Stationery and Stationary

There is a huge difference between stationery and stationary.

The word Stationery is a noun which means-

  • a writing paper
  • writing materials- such as pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, ink, envelope, etc. (things primarily required on an office desk)

For Example

We supply stationery to government offices.

The word Stationary is an adjective which  means

-not moving; standstill

-something not meant to move

-transfixed; immovable

For Example:

-The price of rice has been stationary for a long time now . (There is no change in prices of rice.)

-I kept honking but he remained stationary. (he did not move at all)

There are two specialized meanings of stationary, related to stability or lack of movement:

  • Not changing in quantity or condition: Patient’s condition is stationary
  • (In Astronomy, referring to a planet) The Sun is stationary while all planets revolve around it.

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