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Definitions and terminology related to cryptoeconomics, blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

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Mainnet / Testnet

Mainnet is a state of blockchain protocol development. A blockchain network with only a working prototype is described as testnet, while network that can broadcast, verify, and record transactions on its distributed ledger is described as a mainnet. Testnets are used by developers to test and debug code or incentive systems ahead of a full launch, so to ensure the mainnet's security and functionality upon launch.