I'm modeling a service and I want to name expired and/or voided subscriptions (by either side, publisher or subscriber). Terms like "expired subscription" or "invalid subscription" didn't satisfy me. Now I'm asking if there is any better term for that? (Or I'm wrong and "expired ..." or "invalid ..." are good and rational words for this meaning!)

  • I guess it depends what you want to include. Expired subscriptions will be the most common old / invalid ones. However, there are certainly other reasons for a subscription to end which expired may not adequately cover.
    – Helmar
    Aug 22, 2016 at 8:41
  • Why not "closed"? It suggests only that the subscription was once "open", or valid, without specifying a reason for closure.
    – JHCL
    Aug 22, 2016 at 10:31
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    I'm a little hesitant about this, hence a comment rather than an answer. "Expired subscription" and "voided subscription" sound like oxymorons - if they're expired or voided, they're no longer subscriptions. The alternative terms lapsed subscription and cancelled subscription sound better to my ear, but appear to suffer from the same problem. If you're just after popular usage, Ngram may be helpful.
    – Lawrence
    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:36

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Maybe discontinued will suit.

to cease to take, use, subscribe to, etc.:
to discontinue a newspaper.



Subscriptions can expire, so your term "expired subscription" is perfectly alright and commonly used. You should prefer that to "invalid".

See this Microsoft page as one of thousands of examples where "expire" is used.

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