I'm working on some code where a task has two result states:

- Complete | The task completed successfully
- Failure  | The task failed to complete successfully (no further attempts will be made)

The actual implementation has more to it than this, but it really comes down to success or failure.

I have a number of convenience methods for checking the state of the task, such as isComplete and isFailed.

I need one that essentially answers the question:

"Has the task reached a final state where it is no longer running and will not resume at any time in the future."

Or, in pseudocode:

isComplete() or isFailed()

I find myself having trouble choosing the final name for this method. All the candidates I've written down seem to hint towards a positive or negative outcome. They are:

  • + Finished
  • + Done
  • + Processed
  • - Stopped
  • - Terminated
  • + Finalized
  • + Processed
  • - Attempted

I feel the latter three have the most potential here, but I welcome any suggestions.

Note: I have read Words for resulting task states in computing [closed], however it doesn't answer my question.

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    Why not define success as the antonym to failure? You can then have isComplete() as the answer to your question, along with isSuccessful() and isFailed().
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 8:23
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    How about "ended"?
    – WS2
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 8:25

2 Answers 2


It is quite common to call such a state closed. With the meaning of the final state, not regarding whether the task/issue has been solved, failed, rejected or whatever. It is very common in the various work flow and issue tracking tools.

Have a look at some pictures here: https://www.google.com/search?q=tracking+issue+state+diagram&tbm=isch

But still consider @AndrewLeach's comment (complete as the answer to your question, along with successed and failed), it sounds quite reasonable.


Adding more synonyms:

  • Completed #Sounds a bit "success-ish"
  • Finished #Sounds a bit "success-ish"
  • Concluded
  • Ended
  • Stopped #Can indicate external effect

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