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I am working on a programming interface that has functions to give you the closest descendants (in a tree). But there are two categories of function: one gives you exactly one result and the other multiple results.

As a non-native speaker I was hoping for the existence of the word closests, so I would not spend so many characters in the function name.

What can I use instead?

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As per the FAQ, questions on "Naming, including naming programming variables/classes" are off-topic here. –  coleopterist Oct 13 '12 at 17:37
    
Aaah sorry for that, I guess the question can be removed then –  Philip Oct 13 '12 at 17:39
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@coleopterist I'd be inclined to waive the ban here, since OP is looking for a semantically appropriate English word to use as a name rather than a construction which conforms to programming-language-dependent naming conventions. –  StoneyB Oct 13 '12 at 17:44
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In another context, a person's "closest descendant" is likely to be his or her heir, which happily is a noun and therefore pluralizable.

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Daughters is common when talking about trees. Children would also work.

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Perhaps progeny

a descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring:

This word is treated as both singular and plural. I am not clear as to whether you need different forms for multiples.

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