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Don't limit yourself to one word There are lots of instances where less is more, but in this case, you're partially creating the problem by looking for just one word, especially when you've shown through research that the word doesn't exist. If this was a button, the argument would be different, but it's an instructional string in a settings panel - ...


Lets take this example - Say there is a menu item with broad heading: Shoes. So, the items inside will read Formal Shoes, Slippers, Kids' Shoes etc. and not just Formal, Slippers, Kids'. However if you changes the headline to say, Choose by Shoe type - then having items like Formals, Slippers, Kids are acceptable and make sense. So the esscence is that the ...


If you change the labeling away from what the option is towards what the option does - and therefore what it enables the user to do, then it can become much simpler.


Instead of referring to the objects themselves perhaps you could circumvent the problem by having a "trashcan" or "recycle bin". It is a common concept used on various operating systems and in this way you can give the user control of what they retrieve from the deleted state. To be fair, if you delete something from an application, the most common method ...

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