Output vs. Outcome

This time, we're gonna delve into the differences and similarities between these two words. Wanna learn more about them? C'mon.

"Output" vs. "Outcome" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are stages of a project. However, 'output' refers to the items, actions, etc. we take in order to get the results we desire. 'Outcome', on the other hand, is the final, actual results we want to achieve. Note that 'output' is always concrete, meaning that they are observable and countable, whereas, 'outcome' can be abstract or concrete.


As mentioned above, 'outcome' refers to the final results the business is looking for. Remember that 'outcome' can be both abstract and concrete. Look at the examples below:

Despite all out efforts, the outcome is not satisfying.

The outcome was affected by the way we all view the world, of course.

'Output', on the other hand, refers to the actions we take, items we include, and all other tasks we undergo to achieve the desired results. Note that 'output' is always concrete. Check out the examples below:

An example of output is to increase the quality of our food.

We can consider adding these materials an example of output.


Both refer to the different stages of a business project, procedure, etc. Take a look at the examples below:

Has the outcome of this project satisfied you?

Removing such a material in order to get the result we want is an example of output.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although both are different stages of a business project, they cannot be used interchangeably because their functions are different. Look:

✓ The outcome of this project is to achieve maximum customer satisfaction.

X The output of this project is to achieve maximum customer satisfaction.


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