The context is a template for a wiki page, specifically in a line of instructions for page authors to complete:

Summary of findings, recommendations or anti-recommendations for implementation or further study, ...

I suppose I could say:

... recommendations for or against implementation or further study ...

but as I was writing it, I wondered whether there might be a way to rewrite this to conjoin the nouns instead of the prepositions.

I see this question for the verb form: Antonym of "recommend"

  • It is hard to find a good antonym ... I'd use non-recommendation.
    – user66974
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 20:59
  • There is the common medical term en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraindication ("indication against [x]") which you could use directly ("Summary of findings and their indications or contraindications for implementation") or from that, I make contrarecommendations with a whole 6 Google results. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 21:27
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    If you place "criticisms" before recommendations, you escape the need to modify it with for implementation. Depending on the larger context: Summary of findings, criticisms, [and?] recommendations for implementation or further study, ...
    – ScotM
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 21:59
  • How about practice? There are best practices and worst practices. Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 1:44

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I don't believe there is any antonym for recommendation that would be followed by for. So in any case you'd have to conjoin nouns and prepositions.

For example:

  • recommendations for and discouragement of...
  • recommendations for and criticism of
  • recommendations for and opposition to
  • recommendations for and disapproval of
  • recommendations for and condemnation of

I believe recommendations for and against works best.

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    I agree. You don't need an antonym of "recommend" to say that someone shouldn't do something, because you can recommend that someone not do something just like you can recommend that they do something.
    – Nicole
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 21:08

You might like to use condemnation:

: a statement or expression of very strong and definite criticism or disapproval

It is probably not an exact antonym of recommendation (what is?) but, seated next to recommendation, it looks eloquent.

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