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I am looking for a word that does not refer to now, but can refer to either before or after. In case of phrases, the lesser the words, the better is.

It is to name a Java class file whose basic task is to denote activities done either before or after a given task.

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@brick No. Just before now(current task) or immediately after –  rajesh Mar 21 '13 at 13:26
    
There seems to be no single-word substitute as I have already tried answering an earlier question. I would still suggest temporal proximity as the closest possible alternative. cf. Word meaning “nearby in time” english.stackexchange.com/a/64591/14666 –  Kris Mar 22 '13 at 6:04
    
Possible duplicate: Word meaning “nearby in time” english.stackexchange.com/q/64584/14666 –  Kris Mar 22 '13 at 6:05
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In your context I'd be inclined to call it an Order, since a task being before or after another dictates the order in which the tasks are performed.

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Yes. In the context this sounds better. Added a member to denote if its Before or After –  rajesh Mar 22 '13 at 6:53
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nonsimultaneous or unsimultaneous

Noncontemporaneous might be usable if 'now' is a period rather than a moment.

If you are naming a file "BeforeOrAfter" has fewer letters than "Nonsimultaneous", and is more likely to be understood.

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My first choice was BeforeAfter. Yes, Nonsimultaneous may not be good for others to understand. Learned a new word though –  rajesh Mar 21 '13 at 13:27
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