Offspring vs Descendants - What's the difference?

offspring | descendants |

As nouns the difference between offspring and descendants

is that offspring is a person's daughter(s) and/or son(s); a person's children while descendants is (descendant).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • A person's daughter(s) and/or son(s); a person's children.
  • All a person's descendants, including further generations.
  • An animal or plant's progeny, an animal or plant's young.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • (figuratively) Another produce, result of an entity's efforts.
  • (computing) A process launched by another process.
  • Usage notes

    * The form offsprings is also used for the plural, especially the computing sense.


    * baby/babies, child/children, issue (plural only), get * (all descendants) descendants, lineage, progeny, get, binary clone


    * genitor (rare), parent, progenitor, father (male), mother (female) * (descendants) ancestors, forbears/forebears, forefathers

    Derived terms

    * donor offspring * parent-offspring conflict




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