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In the Stack Exchange network questions, answers, and comments can be undeleted. What would be a good Latin verb for "undelete" in this context? To "delete" is naturally delere, but I see no good way to prefix it into anything understandable. The best option I could think of is restituere. Is this the best choice? Are there other good verbs for bringing something back to existence?

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I'd think of reverti "to bring back".

BTW, undelete is very idiomatic English and cannot be translated in a 1-to-1-fashion to many other languages. In German user interfaces the word rückgängig ist used (from rückgängig machen, for English back-translations see e.g., this dictionary.

  • If the verb is used for undeleting instead of being undeleted (the subject being a user, not a post), shouldn't it be revertere instead of reverti? – Joonas Ilmavirta Feb 19 '18 at 15:50
  • I thought it was mainly used as a deponens and not in the formally active forms. – jknappen Feb 19 '18 at 15:59
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    Hmm... It's possible, but it sounds a little weird at first. Comparing revertere and reverti calls for a follow-up question. Whichever form is preferred for this use, I agree that this is a good verb. – Joonas Ilmavirta Feb 19 '18 at 16:06
  • The answer to my follow-up question indicates that reverti is intransitive, so it can't be used to for undeleting a post on a SE site. It is a good verb for the post being undeleted, though. – Joonas Ilmavirta Mar 4 '18 at 20:28

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