If the time from which a task is no longer accesible is referred to as its deadline (noun), what's the opposite of that? That is, the noun describing the time from which a task is made accessible.

I'm looking for a single noun to describe it, if there's any.

  • A "deadline" normally refers to the latest time or date by which something should be completed - effectively, the closing date. I don't think English would naturally have or need a corresponding word for the earliest date as from which something may be started - maybe something like Introductory or Start Date, but how often does that mean anything? Can you give an example context where you might use such a term? Jun 10, 2021 at 12:30
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    It is not exactly correct that "deadline" means "a task is no longer accessible". Rather, it means, "you are expected to finish the task by this time". It might be completed after the deadline has passed by. Is this question for a webpage or scheduling app? If so, the exact context with a clear example would be helpful. The words "assigned", "unassigned", "available", "open", "new", "start time"... are possibilities.
    – Sam
    Jun 11, 2021 at 11:16
  • @Sam You guessed right! I'm finding it hard to describe a scheduling algorithm. "Start time"/"Assigned time" in this case would be describing the actual start time, which could be anywhere between the "available/open from" time and the deadline (taking into account the duration of the task). "Open time" seems to be the most straightforward.
    – aiwl
    Jun 11, 2021 at 16:43


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