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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, 2013 at 12:32
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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, 2013 at 12:50
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    @RegDwigнt I am looking for an English word because I want to build up my symbol names out of correct English words. Nov 6, 2013 at 12:54
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    ThrowIgnorableException might do, then.
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 6, 2013 at 12:56
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    I think the question is completely within scope. It is a question about usage. The word is not (easily) found in dictionaries, but I have found examples of it used in scholarly articles in computer science journals, and I would like to address the question. It not only has a straightforward answer, it also raises interesting and instructive issues about what makes a word "a word," i.e., how new words enter the language and become "legitimate." Nov 6, 2013 at 14:11

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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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