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What is the opposite to being "consumed" in a sense of being soon to be "consumed" but not yet happened to be. Or, to put it in a different way, is there a nicer way (synonym?) to say "unconsumed"?

Background & context: The subject of "consumption" here is a character (a symbol/letter from a long line of text).

I am working on a parser, so for each given rule the outcome of feeding a character to the parser can be either consumed (we can move on to the next character) or unconsumed meaning we should try to apply another rule if any, for either outcome there must be a type that represents it, the type needs a name, hence the question, I know I can go with unconsumed but it sounds a bit awkward.

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I think this is a slightly silly question. By definition, food is invariably stuff that's destined to be eaten. We specifically identify food that didn't "fulfill its destiny" as uneaten food, scraps, leftovers because there's often some negative implication (there was too much food, it was unpalatable, or otherwise unwanted, whatever). But before it reaches that final hurdle (getting ingested), "not-yet-eaten" food could be grain, cows, foodstuffs, groceries, cooking, dinner, a plateful, a forkful or whatever. It's just too broad-based. –  FumbleFingers Nov 17 '13 at 4:15
@bonomo what is the matter or substance that is soon to be consumed? –  Mario Elocio Nov 17 '13 at 4:34
This is precisely why variable naming is explicitly off-topic. There's nothing wrong with unconsumed; but if you want a terse name, call it Carl or Tom. It doesn't matter in an internal name. It might matter if the word is to be presented to the user, in which case you need to put all of the comments into the question and restate it. –  Andrew Leach Nov 17 '13 at 9:19
I'm sorry you think it's mean to point out what is already in the help text and what has been stated in others' comments on similar questions -- and if you read my comment, you will find first that I have made an effort to read and answer, as I believe unconsumed to be fine; secondly that I have given advice on how I think the question may be made on-topic; and thirdly that at least one other person considers that comment to be useful. But if you don't, feel free to ignore its advice. The internet is a free country. –  Andrew Leach Nov 17 '13 at 14:21
@271 As this is related to parsing, I think digested, undigested or semi-digested might be better choices, eg this handout –  Mario Elocio Nov 18 '13 at 1:10
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unfinished is a possible word agreeing with consuming yet not necessarily about food alone.

-1. In the context of food, it refers to the part of food in the dish after some has been eaten.

(LA Kelly, Return to Alastair, Bk.3)

He went back to his unfinished food, and she studied him in silence.

(Kerry-Anne Samuel, Angel Demon)

We sat in silence eating for a while, the food was not very nice, but I endured eating it, well picking it really. Louis was picking at his food also. ... I averted my eyes down to my plate of unfinished food.

(Sonia Gensler, The Revenant)

During supper, Mother narrowed her eyes at the unfinished food on my plate. "Are you taking ill, Willie?"

-2. However, this phrase is now idiomatic and is being used widely as a general euphemism for leftovers or wasted food.

meta: Consume does not necessarily relate to food alone. The OP has not specified the context.

[Edit per new light on context]: The very choice of "consumption" (I know it is part of the jargon related to parsing, yet) seems to be the cause of all the difficulty. I would suggest looking for a new set of expressions rather than an antonym for "consumption",

such as:

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The OP in the comments section says "the outcome of feeding a character". But you're right about the open interpretation of the term, he really needs to be more specific in his post. –  Mari-Lou A Nov 17 '13 at 9:47
The question is related to the parsing of characters, not food, qv comment by OP. –  Mario Elocio Nov 18 '13 at 1:19
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Consumption and production. Consume and produce.

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