Element of Finite Ordinal iff Subset

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Let $m, n$ be distinct finite ordinals.


$m \in n \iff m \subseteq n$


Let $m \in n$.

Since $n$ is an ordinal, it is transitive.

Therefore, it follows directly that $m \subseteq n$.

Now let $m \subseteq n$.

We have by hypothesis that $m \ne n$.

From Natural Numbers are Comparable: Proof using Minimal Infinite Successor Set‎ it follows that either $m \in n$ or $n \in m$.

Suppose $n \in m$.

Then $\exists x \in m: m \subseteq x$ which contradicts Finite Ordinal is not Subset of one of its Elements.

The only option left is that $m \in n$.

Hence the result.