Is there any difference between "awaiting review" and "pending review", or are they synonymous?


The market order is pending review.

  • Anecdotally, my experience is that actions are "pending..." (that is, the action isn't happening yet, but will happen after whatever is "pending") while objects are "awaiting..." (that is, no action is implied; the action is the review). In your example, although a "market order" would seem to be an object, it's really an action: "The placing (or execution) of the market order is pending review." The action hasn't happened yet; it will after it has been reviewed. Jun 15, 2021 at 17:46
  • Pending sometimes has the sense of depending on, as well as waiting for, as in: Confirmation of the house purchase is pending an inspection. The accused's release is pending an appeal. This is not the case for awaiting, which means exactly that - waiting for. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/pending Jun 15, 2021 at 19:00

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Awaiting Review has the implication that the review has not started yet.

Pending Review simply implies that the review has not been completed.

Something can be both Awaiting Review and Pending Review but once something is in the process of being reviewed it is no longer Awaiting Review but it is still Pending Review

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