Is it OK to use a 20 amp outlet on a 15 amp circuit?

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No, a 15A breaker will not trip at 16 amps, at least not for a long time. I can understand why a 15 amp receptacle shouldnt be used on a 20 amp (12AWG) service but a 20 amp receptacle should be able to handle the load safely. But a 15A receptacle CAN be used on a 20A circuit, IF there is more than one.
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