In terms of any sort of collection of things, where the collection is limited in the amount of members it may have. I suppose 'replacement' would be enough to describe insertion of one thing then subsequent removal of something else.

I am looking for, though, a term that describes insertion that may result in subsequent removal, but not necessarily.

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    I think side-effects are not usually described on the action. Insertion is the action. The side-effect is described by the name of the type of collection: limited-capacity collection. Mar 17, 2015 at 14:23
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    The opposite of Jenga.
    – wys1wyg
    Mar 17, 2015 at 19:11
  • Suggestion? If I suggest an alternative or propose an alternative solution, I'm putting forward one thing that may or may not replace the existing thing.
    – Huey
    Jun 1, 2015 at 4:14
  • If the same item would be removed then it would be "tentative insertion".
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 4, 2015 at 19:15

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If things are meant for future replacement:

•Ad Interim •Provisionally

Or if it is intended human beings:

• Probationally.


To store something somewhere means there is usually intent to retrieve it at some point, but it's not guaranteed. (Could forget about it, for example)

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