Looking for a noun that represents the scenario of waiting for a final event/approval, or having everything done except for the last step.

So if you have status markers like, Completed, Assigned, Started, Stopped, our word would indicate we are waiting for a last step.

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    Penultipending? Hee hee.
    – Dan Bron
    May 15 '15 at 18:20
  • "Penultimate" means next-to-last.
    – VampDuc
    May 15 '15 at 18:20
  • @DanBron Hah, That might be the closest we are going to get! May 15 '15 at 18:21
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    "Pending final approval (or whatever other event)" is the usual way it's stated.
    – Hot Licks
    May 15 '15 at 18:52

I don't think one word is gonna cut it.

If I were you, I'd label it something like Finalized, pending approval, and we could call that state finalized for short, internally, purely to distinguish it from the next stage rather than to be semantically accurate.

When it's done, you could call it "Done", "Completed", "Finished" and so on..

PS - We have a saying in Hindi: "The elephant is through, the tail remains"


Many ticket-management systems use steps such as "Assigned, Started, Finished, Delivered, Accepted"

In that paradigm, the word you're looking for could be Delivered - which means that the task has been completed and submitted for final approval.

If, instead, your task is waiting for another step, it's not finished, it's on hold.

  • I was thinking Submitted, myself.
    – jxh
    May 15 '15 at 23:17

You ask for a noun, but then you use status markers that are verbal modifiers. I am not sure if you really need a noun.

Two phrases come to mind:

on the cusp

One of Oxford Dictionaries Online's definition of cusp is

A point of transition between two different states: those on the cusp of adulthood

Similarly on the brink

on the verge of doing something; almost to the point of doing something. I was on the brink of selling my car to make ends meet when the tax refund came in the mail.


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