# Difference between 方法 and 手段

I was brushing up on some basic vocabulary. Asked what the Japanese equivalent of "the means (of doing something)", I would use 方法. However, they've used 手段. As far as I can tell, these are (fairly) synonymous. Is there a difference? Are there places/phrases where you would use one but not the other?

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@TokyoNagoya Ok, thanks for the information. I don't suppose you could expand on that a bit more though? –  Yuushi Feb 18 '14 at 6:22