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If I have something that I don't want to change, is it proper to attach "candidate" to the end of it?

So if someone applies for a job with an application, I would consider them to be a candidate, but would that also imply that the application would not change? (because perhaps a candidate is immutable)

Is there a better word to use for an instance of something that is immutable?

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Candidate doesn't mean immutable. Immutable means immutable, though. –  Matt Эллен Dec 7 '12 at 19:13
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That is, I don't understand what you're asking for. –  Matt Эллен Dec 7 '12 at 19:25
    
As Matt says, "candidate" does not mean immutable. If you want to say that once an application is submitted it cannot be changed, you could say "applications are immutable". Though it would probably be clearer if you said "applications cannot be changed". I'm not sure what it would mean to say that a candidate for a job is immutable. He's not allowed to change in any way -- get a haircut, learn something new, etc? –  Jay Dec 7 '12 at 21:27
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Consider marking it with stet, from the Latin for “let it stand”. A minor problem with stet is its common use as a proofreaders' mark “to indicate that a word or phrase that was crossed out should still remain”. Ie, stet is appropriate but may confuse some people.

Also see some of the following words: statis (Latin, “you stand” or “you stay, you remain”), stasis (“Inactivity; a freezing, or state of motionlessness”), static (“Unable to change” or “Fixed in place; having no motion”), eyes only (“(of documents) meant to be read only, and not discussed”).

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