# Gravitational pull vs. acceleration due to gravity

It might seem obvious but i can't imagine how is gravitational pull is different from acceleration due to gravity?

Gravitational pull is the cause - the force. Acceleration is the consequence of this cause, assuming that the gravitational force is not cancelled by another force.

The term "gravitational pull" is probably meant to convey force, which is related to but distinct from acceleration.

Under a common assumption of constant mass (which may be false in general, e.g. , a rocket ) , $$F = ma$$ by Newton's second law , so you don't lose much except conceptual precision in very simple situations... but such conceptual difference can become rather important.

Typically "gravitational force" is defined as $$F = G\frac{Mm}{r^2}$$ Dividing both sides by $m$ we get $$\frac{F}{m} = G\frac{M}{r^2}$$ $\frac{F}{m}$ is acceleration and a gravitational field will accelerate any "free to fall" object within that field at the acceleration of that field irrespective of the mass of the object. Gravitation is not a force but an acceleration