lacking / without


Senior Member
Are these two words interchangeable? I feel there is a difference I just can't seem to be able to fully grasp it.

E.g. we are talking about myths or stories for which there is no proof. And it says X is considered to be Y, also without /lacking proof.

What is the difference, if any, between these two?
  • Sprachliebhaber

    Senior Member
    USA English
    They are interchangeable here. Strictly speaking they are somewhat different: "without" just means there is no proof, whereas "lacking" means the necessary proof does not exist.
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