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 for linear argument
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  linear argument
  
      A function argument which is used exactly once by the
     function.
  
     If the argument is used at most once then it is safe to
     inline the function and replace the single occurrence of the
     formal parameter with the actual argument expression.  If the
     argument was used more than once this transformation would
     duplicate the argument expression, causing it to be evaluated
     more than once.
  
     If the argument is sure to be used at least once then it is
     safe to evaluate it in advance (see strictness analysis)
     whereas if the argument was not used then this would waste
     work and might prevent the program from terminating.
  
     (1994-11-03)
  

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