Python: In a List and in a Dictionary, What Are the Typical Characteristics of Elements?

Elements in lists maintain their ordering unless they are explicitly commanded to be re-ordered. They can be of any data type, they can all be the same, or they can be mixed. Elements in lists are always accessed through numeric, zero-based indices.

In a dictionary, each entry will have a key and a value, but the order will not be guaranteed. Elements in the dictionary can be accessed by using their key.

Lists can be used whenever you have a collection of items in an order. A dictionary can be used whenever you have a set of unique keys that map to values.