I am looking for a word/words that can be used as a label where a user selects one option from either basic, derived or combination.

When talking about an exercise, you could define it as a basic, derived or combination.

Take a squat for example,

  • a basic squat could be standing normally with toes pointing forward and then bending knees.
  • One derived version could be adding a little hop added. Another derived version could be adding a pause while knees are bent.
  • A combination is a combination of exercises such as squat + bicep curl.

This is to be used in a software where there is a drop down and a label for the dropdown. The dropdown will contain the 3 options above. It is giving an exercise various properties and I'm trying to come up with an appropriate label, which can't be longer than 2 or 3 words but preferably 1.

So what would such a word(s) be?


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    I suggest variant. Mar 8, 2016 at 13:24
  • I don't understand. Why is squat+hop "derived", but pause+hop is "combination"? Mar 8, 2016 at 13:24
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    @FumbleFingers I don't either, but I figured the OP had a particular reason for classifying them as such. I think "variant" works regardless, even if you only had basic and derived. Mar 8, 2016 at 13:39
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    I'm closevoting "Unclear" Mar 8, 2016 at 13:39
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    What isn't helping here is how "derived" and "combination" are arrived at. If squat+hop is derived, why is squat+curl combination? The problem with asking this as an English question is that the foundation of the question is not easily understood: it's a specialist field for which there is already a specialist Stack Exchange site. Unless I've completely misunderstood and all you are asking for is a word like Type of exercise.
    – Andrew Leach
    Mar 8, 2016 at 14:46

2 Answers 2


As I said in the comments, I think the best word that sums up the choices you specified is variant.

a form or version of something that differs in some respect from other forms of the same thing or from a standard.


For basic, you could use simple--one exercise, most basic implementation.

For derived, you could use advanced, or perhaps extended or enhanced, which is simple, with a twist.

For combination, I would just shorten that to combo, since it's already reasonably clear given your bicep example.

  • Thanks for the contribution but I'm not after alternatives for each of these 3, I'm after a word(s) as a label for those 3 options. If you see question comments, you will see that Variant & Type have been suggested. Mar 9, 2016 at 11:52

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