# Why does solvent leveling occur?

Solvent leveling means that strong acids completely dissociate in that solvent so it is impossible to distinguish between two acids that completely dissociate in it. A solvent levels and acid if the $K_\text{a}$ of that acid is greater than 1. However, that’s not completely dissociated. An acid can have a $K_\text{a}$ of 2, 3 or 25 what’s the problem with being able to distinguish between them? In truth, whatever the $K_\text{a}$ it’s not actually COMPLETELY dissociated.

in truth, whatever the $K_a$ it's not actually COMPLETELY dissociated
For example, nitric acid has a $K_a$ of 24, so 1M nitric acid about 96% dissociated. If the concentration is higher, it will be less dissociated and if the concentration is lower it will be more dissociated.