In a web application user interface, I need to tell my users that all past dates are valid from the given date and also including the given date.

For Example:

Validity: Before 10-08-2012 including 10-08-2012

I'm looking for proper word to use, instead of using before, including and two-time current date at the same line.

There should be a single and more suitable word for this.

What I'm currently using, I want to improve the sentence underline with red color:

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  • @Saqib, are you sure that both dates should be same in one line?
    – Ahmed
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 10:45
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    How about: 10-08-2012 and earlier
    – user184130
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 10:57
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    @IqbalAhmedSiyal Yes I'm sure both dates must be same. I'm just avoiding mentioning two dates in one line.
    – Saqib
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 11:06
  • @JamesRandom I think earlier sounds perfect here.
    – Saqib
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 11:15
  • Now I have seen your image, "Up to and including ..." might be better.
    – user184130
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 11:31

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I don't think you're going to find a single word, but you can shorten the phrase.

Note that it should be dates (plural) because more than one is acceptable.

Valid Issue Dates: 10-4-2018 and earlier.

(I only just now noticed the comments that mirror this.)

The only other way of expressing it is if you do something like this:

Issue Cutoff Date: 10-4-2018

Most people would understand that a cutoff date is a time after which something is no longer accepted. It's like a deadline.

However, it may not be as immediately understood by everyone as the earlier version.

  • as James suggested before earlier perfectly fits in my case and I have applied this word now. And because the app mostly targets non-English people and regions, I would ignore Cutoff word here. As you said, this will confuse the audience.
    – Saqib
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 19:54

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