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Is there a term or word for a "reverse deadline"? Deadline is normally the date or time before which something must occur. I'm seeking a term for the date or time after which something may occur.

I am preparing instructions for announcing results which must be announced after a certain date. At the moment the text proposes to use the word 'deadline', but for the reasons mentioned above I will propose to reword it to "Results cannot be announced before..." but I would prefer to use a 'deadline'-type word instead.

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What is the context, what does the date represent? – user57234 May 15 '13 at 15:18
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Normally this is described in text as embargoed until the time in question. ODO on embargo.

You could usefully call the time itself (analogous to deadline) the release time.

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Based on this answer I will go with one of the following: release date, announcement date or results date. – Matt Vee May 15 '13 at 17:39

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