Context: At a Town council meeting, one policy was rescinded, and a new policy was presented. One councillor requested that a record be kept of the old policy for reference so the new policy could be better understood. Like a breadcrumb trail, so people who read the new policy could know where it came from and how it evolved.

I'm trying to fill in the blank:

Councillor [...] requested that the intent of the old policy be preserved in the new policy for _________ purposes...

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    I would say ...for the purposes of historical record.
    – WS2
    Dec 10, 2015 at 20:21
  • I'm considering, "Councillor [...] requested that a vestige of the old policy be preserved in the new policy.
    – ShemSeger
    Dec 10, 2015 at 20:22
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    Both "the intent" and "vestige" mean something different than keeping a copy of the old one around. If I completely rebuilt my car and ended up replacing all the parts except for a few, I could say that it's completely new with just a few vestiges of the old car in there. For intent if the old policy was intended to prevent X from doing Y and the new policy did the same then the intent was maintained.
    – Jim
    Dec 10, 2015 at 20:35
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    @ShemSeger for "informational" purposes?
    – Elian
    Dec 10, 2015 at 20:51
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    I am not at all clear, such as you have described the position to us, on the legal status of the old policy. Indeed I am confused as to whether any of the old policy's provisions remain applicable. This matter would better be dealt with by a lawyer, in my view. Please do not place any reliance on anything I may have said.
    – WS2
    Dec 10, 2015 at 21:31

4 Answers 4


Perhaps "archival" is appropriate here.

According to Webster's Dictionary:

Archival, adj.
Pertaining to, or contained in, archives or records.


Councillor [...] requested that the intent of the old policy be preserved in the new policy for historical reference...

reference - (noun) the act of looking at or in something for information

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    Yeah - perhaps historical reference. Dec 10, 2015 at 20:22
  • I would just say "for reference purposes". "Historical" isn't needed, because we already know these are old copies.
    – ralph.m
    Dec 10, 2015 at 22:56

I would use the word "posterity." and then omit the word "purposes". Posterity is typically used to express aspects of lineage; more specifically children or descendants. To record something for posterity means that it is present and evident for those who come after us. For that reason, I deduce that this is a proper use of the word "Posterity".

  • I used this word for work last week and then had a complete brain fog moment and couldn't remember it. Thank you. This is the best answer. Sep 15, 2023 at 19:08

I would say "for tracking purposes".

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    This would benefit from an explanation of how it answers the question since it seems the term was already considered in the question. I encourage you to take the tour and see the help center, and welcome.
    – livresque
    Sep 13, 2022 at 20:24

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