I'm looking for two adjectives to describe outcomes or actions that follow from a decision. The decision is usually a choice between doing nothing, or choosing to act. Please suggest words for:
- < A >: Adjective that describes the "boring, status quo, do not act, let things run their course" choice.
- < B >: Adjective that describes the "actually we need to do something here" choice.
Here are a couple examples:
We're going to have a talk about dealing with those rude neighbours who keep parking in our space. The < B > case will require me to confront them face to face, while the < A > case allows me to avoid conflict, which is appealing to me since I'll be moving out soon anyway.
I have decided to quit my job, leave town, and move to Prince Edward Island! I've thought about it, and the < A > action would have me just growing old, sharpening pencils in my current routine. Although my < B > resolution is scary (I'll have to leave my friends and home), there's a unique opportunity for adventure and discovery that I want to pursue.
I've thought about words like
- "Default" (What is a word that means "the outcome resulting from a lack of action"?), which doesn't really have a meaningful opposite ("user selected"), and
- the phrases "Null Hypothesis" and "Alternative Hypothesis", which sound kind of like what I'm looking for. But I think phrases like "null case" and "alternative outcome" are liable to confuse or mislead the audience.