I'm writing a document with a table including a general statement like 'software supports files of type X.' However, there are certain cases where I do not support it yet and/or I'm not sure. I want to add a link to a section describing the specific things I don't handle currently. There is a word for these kinds of exceptions that I cannot think of.

Words I'm not thinking of but looked at thesaurus hoping to find this word:

  • exception
  • clarification
  • disclaimer
  • consider "particular cases". – Graffito Apr 26 '16 at 20:35
  • Thanks @Graffito but I'm sure its a single word, and I feel its either a technical term or perhaps more of a legal term. – Thomas Apr 26 '16 at 20:40
  • if "Addendum" is not specific enough: "Excursus" ? – Graffito Apr 26 '16 at 20:53
  • Addendum is too general and not really the point, this is specifically about exceptions to a statement or exclusionary conditions. I've never heard of excursus and is also similar to addendum. Nothing specifying that this is appended or an after thought. – Thomas Apr 26 '16 at 21:07

Were you thinking of caveat ?

Caveat (n):

a. A warning or caution: made a recommendation with many caveats.

b. A qualification or explanation.


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  • That matches exactly what I was thinking, but oddly I don't think it is the word I was trying to remember. I like caveat so I'll go with it. Thanks. – Thomas Apr 29 '16 at 19:56

The word Errata holds some similarities with what you've described.

A list of errors and their corrections inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper, in a book or other publication;


Admittedly, the definition doesn't seem like a perfect fit, but I've seen it used (incorrectly?) in semi-formal technical documentation similarly to what you're describing. So just throwing it out there.

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  • Thanks, great suggestion. Not what I'm looking for though. – Thomas Apr 27 '16 at 4:02

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