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I would like to use ignorably as the adverb of ignorable but I am not sure whether this is correct. I did not find ignorably in any online dictionary.

To give the context: Normally, you cannot ignore a thrown exception in programming: You are forced to handle it if you want to make you program work correctly. I have a method that does something similar to throwing an exception but you are not forced to handle it immediately. So my question is whether the following sentence is possible: An exception was thrown ignorably.

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    What is the context? Chances are you are looking for a completely different word in the first place. – RegDwigнt Nov 6 '13 at 12:32
  • Although something might be ignorable I can't think how one might do something ignorably. – Andrew Leach Nov 6 '13 at 12:39
  • @RegDwigнt Normally, you cannot ignore a thrown exception in programming: You are forced to handle it if you want to make you program work correctly. I have a method that does something similar to throwing an exception but you are not forced to handle it immediately, so the question is whether I can name it as ThrowExceptionIgnorably. – Julius Kunze Nov 6 '13 at 12:48
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    In that case you are not looking for an English word, but for a variable name. That is expressly off-topic here. Precisely because as far as the English language is concerned, you can name it absolutely anything you want. – RegDwigнt Nov 6 '13 at 12:50
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    ThrowIgnorableException might do, then. – Andrew Leach Nov 6 '13 at 12:56
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The meaning of the word would be clear but it is completely nonstandard. If I saw a method named "ThrowExceptionIgnorably" during a code review I would probably call it out and ask the programmer to change the name. But if they insisted I would let it slide.

Alternatives:

  • ThrowIgnoredException
  • ThrowUncaughtException
  • RethrowException

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