Consider two companies already being in business; having some sort of contract. Now company A officially orders company B to do something. (E.g. destroy some documents, which company B stores for company A)

What is a good word for this command?

Command does not seem fitting in a business context. Request might be better, but feels a bit weak, because company B has to comply under the existing contract. Order—I feel—does mean something different in a business context (as opposed to in a military context). An order can be placed, e.g. and then some delivery of goods is expected, but maybe my own experience as a consumer is simply too narrow?

I would prefer one short word if possible. Usage in a sentence would be, e.g.:

Your command has been submitted successfully.

Destruction order would be another possibility (though not as short as I would like). There I really can not say if it fits.

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    instruction(s) Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 15:05
  • Company A: "Please immediately initiate the destruction of our records." Company B: "Your records have been destroyed." Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 15:05
  • @FumbleFingers: That sounds good.
    – bodo
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 15:09
  • @MarkHubbard: True, but I need the noun :-)
    – bodo
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 15:10
  • @Mark that sounds very destructive. Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 11:59

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Perhaps instruction in this context. Lexico says


1 (often instructions) A direction or order.
I have sent an instruction to our solicitor.

When I was involved in the building industry, the official term for a written direction from the Architect to the builder was an "Architect's Instruction."

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    @FumbleFingers I was already preparing this before I read your comment. Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 15:11
  • Well, you certainly added value with the archetypal example an instruction to our solicitor. Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 15:49

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