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Here's the scenario, I want to list all of a customer's appointments, ending with the "last" one, regardless of whether that was in the past or scheduled for the future. I have come up with a few words for that: last, final, latest. The trouble is the meanings of the ones I have come up with are ambiguous.

Last and final could imply that this is the customer's last appointment ever, and they won't be coming back in the future. Latest could mean the appointment that occurs latest in the day, or the one they showed up the latest for.

So is there a single word or short phrase (eg "most recent") that unambiguously carries the meaning of "last chronologically, for now."

Edit: Realised I was getting downvotes for not filling out all the single word request criteria so

Sample Sentence: "This fields represents the customer's last appointment.

Thesauruses:

  • MW had "bottommost, closing, concluding, final, hindmost, lag, latest, latter, rearmost, terminal, terminating, ultimate" for synomyms of last.

  • OED had rear, hindmost, bringing up the rear, nearest the rear, at the end, furthest back, at the back, at the back of the queue, aftermost, endmost, furthest behind, final, ultimate, most remote, remotest, furthest, utmost, extreme

  • What's wrong with your own suggestion "most recent"? – Mark Beadles Jan 14 at 0:25
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    That would suggest the appointment is in the past. – Joel Roberts Jan 14 at 0:29
  • If you want to list all of a customer's appointments why don't you just do that with their dates? If they are listed chronologically it is obvious which is the last one and avoids the dilemma. – Weather Vane Jan 14 at 0:50
  • Chronologically most distant. Or futurest. – Hot Licks Jan 14 at 1:37
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    Maybe "most distant" or even, "furthest"? As in, "My furthest scheduled appointment is in May" – Zaya Jan 15 at 16:41
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I would say that "concluding" would serve your purpose. It usually carries the connotation that this is the last in a current set of items.

Definition snippet from MW:

1 : END
The festivities concluded at midnight.

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latter


denoting the second or second mentioned of two people or things.


last-mentioned, second-mentioned, second of the two, second, last, later

rearmost


Furthest back

final


coming at the end of a series.

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