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Receipt? Receiving?

I'm trying to come up with a name for "the acceptance of a delivery." I'd like to be able to say

Ten deliveries were made but there are only five [fill_in_the_blank_here] on record.

Any suggestions?

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I think it's clearest to just leave it out. What's wrong with Ten deliveries were made but there are only five on record. –  tenfour Mar 28 '11 at 16:43
    
1. Receiving is a gerund not a noun. 2. The question is open-ended and subjective. –  Kris May 2 '13 at 10:28
    
@Kris That is incorrect, in that gerunds are indeed numbered amongst the nouns. –  tchrist May 2 '13 at 13:28
    
To add to tenfour's suggestion . . . "Ten deliveries were made but only five are documented." –  Kristina Lopez May 2 '13 at 17:48
    
@KristinaLopez documented is not a noun. –  Kris May 3 '13 at 11:26

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Receipt works. As in, "receipt of the items has been acknowledged."

Receipt \Re*ceipt"\ (r[-e]*s[=e]t"), n. [OE. receite, OF. recete, recepte, F. recette, fr. L. recipere, receptum, to receive. See {Receive}.] 1. The act of receiving; reception. "At the receipt of your letter." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Likely variations for your case would include

"Ten deliveries were made but there are only five received items on record."

"Ten deliveries were made but the records show only five items were received."

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One gotcha with receipt is that it typical refers to an actual slip of paper that was used as a receipt. Other than that, it works. +1 –  MrHen Mar 28 '11 at 17:33
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I use this all the time. For instance: "Note: Customer will pay upon receipt of product." –  advs89 Mar 29 '11 at 19:01
    
The noun form of receive is receipt. –  user43573 May 2 '13 at 9:05

I think you said it already: "deliveries".

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Receptions could carry this meaning here,

noun 1 the action or process of receiving something sent, given , or inflicted

~NOAD

and deliveries are often received at a reception desk, or simply at Receptions.

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The word you are looking for is Received

as in

Ten deliveries were made but according to our records only five were received

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