I am documenting a software design for a scheduling system. The system allows users to allocate tasks to people. The UI displays a list of people, alongside their pattern of working hours. Tasks can be allocated outside a person's working hours.

I am trying to decide on the most elegant way to express this rule.

So far I have a few alternatives:

  1. "The working hours displayed are suggestive"
  2. "The working hours displayed are a guide"
  3. "The working hours displayed are not enforced"
  4. "The working hours displayed are indicative"

I'm sure there is a more elegant word, but can't recall it at the moment.

  • "Advisory" was the word I couldn't recall. Feel free to post an answer
    – Kev
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 16:39
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    "Example working hours"?
    – jimm101
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 17:15
  • Advisory? You are presenting a history of working patterns the point of which is to help an employer allocate tasks. How is this an advisory? It seems to me it's a tool showing behavior. "Where is the advisory?" Huh? It's not something that would key me. It's a representation of behavior. A history of working hours. jimm101 has it. Don't obscure.
    – user116032
    Commented Mar 12, 2016 at 0:45
  • "The working hours are advisory". I am using advisory as an adjective: oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/advisory.
    – Kev
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 12:42

1 Answer 1


There is 'advisory'

Advisory - adjective

1 - of, giving, or containing advice : an advisory letter from a stockbroker.


  • Advisory is perfect. Your other suggestion of indicative would also be acceptable but I feel that Advisory flows better. With Indicative, it feels like something's missing; I find myself asking "indicative of what?"
    – Kev
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 17:23

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