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"To delete" is to "deletion" as "to discard" is to what?

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    There's a reason those character count requirements are in place. The question you're asking should always be included in the body of the text, not only in the title. And adding a bit of verbosity, rather than ranting and raving inappropriately, is not that difficult. -1. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 24 '13 at 11:23
  • It also reduces the quality of the prose. – user3025492 Nov 24 '13 at 13:00
  • Discard is like any other verb: you get a noun by adding -ing. – Matt E. Эллен Nov 24 '13 at 17:17
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The thing that is deleted is a deletion; the thing that is discarded is a discard.

The act of deleting is a deletion; the act of discarding is a discarding.

If you like using incredibly rare words, you can use discardure for the act of discarding, as Jon Hanna's answer says. Expect people to think it's not a real word.

  • Isn't this attitude the one that cements the extinction of already rare words? – user3025492 Nov 25 '13 at 3:06
  • If we go by usage, it's not clear to me whether discardal or discardure is the correct noun. Using search tools, they seem roughly equally frequent, with discardal having a slight edge. (See Google Ngrams.) I don't know why one appears in dictionaries and the other doesn't. – Peter Shor Nov 26 '13 at 16:55
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Discardure, though it is not a common word, used primarily in legal contexts.

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