What is the difference between replicable and reproducible?

I want to know which word should be used to indicate whether a technical problem or error can be repeated by following a defined set of steps.

However, when I google for the difference between these two terms, I get lengthy articles discussing these terms in a scientific context.

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    Reproduce is the term normally used. You might use replicate to indicate that you reproduced a problem exactly.
    – Mick
    Nov 16, 2016 at 16:32

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Reproducible implies that something can be recreated by iterating through steps to get an identical result as was received initially.

Replicable implies that something can be duplicated, essentially.

In this situation, Reproducible would be the recommended word to use.

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