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Stationary vs Stationery



Stationary describes things, persons or objects which are fixed or not moving.

“Stationary” usage examples:

  • Manufacturing deals with stationary targets; product developers deal with moving targets.
  • Stationary cameras in subways and at key intersections take footage for police use.
  • But the ants are not stationary, and their transfer points are not fixed: an ant carries the food down the chain until it reaches the next ant,and after transferring the food, it turns back until it meets the previous ant in the chain to receive its next load. (Source: HBR)


Stationery is a noun that describes items that are made of papers such as cards, envelops, office items etc.

Stationery usage examples:

  • Chen holds an EMBA degree and has been involved in stationery manufacturing since 1997. (Source)
  • For all your business needs including business cards, marketing materials, signs, photo gifts, stationery, clothing, and more, shop with Vistaprint. (Source)
  • I suggest buying them in a brick and mortar stationery store as you are likely to buy them at the suggested retail price. (Source)


On a lighter note, if you made a mistake or didn’t know the correct usage of “stationary vs stationery” then don’t worry. Look the headline of the following article from Forbes and notice the mistake:

How This Woman Built The Best Stationary Company With Her College Friend

How to Remember

Stationary – a stands for “at rest”

Stationery – e stands for “envelope” (made by paper).