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I noticed a discrepancy in what various sources state the abbreviation HTLC is short for. It is...

What makes the most sense to be the canonical term? Please add supporting evidence.

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  • I hate to say it, but given that you've yourself shown evidence of multiple distinct abbreviations being used in fairly high-profile contexts, I think there is no objective answer to that it stands for, and this is an opinion-based question... Aug 25 at 3:47
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"Hash Time Locked Contract" according to the corresponding Bitcoin Optech topic page

I think term used by Bitcoin Optech is correct.

Please add supporting evidence

===Hash Time-Locked Contracts===

Hashed Timelock Contracts (HTLCs) can be used to create chains of payments which
is required for lightning network payment channels. The scheme requires both
CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY and CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY to enforce HTLC timeouts and
revokation.

https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/commit/5273cdc3b902022da35b0e673a87efa820270cd1

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  • Hah, that's funny. The quoted passage is titled "Hash Time-Locked Contracts", and then the first sentence defines "Hashed Timelock Contracts (HTLCs)".
    – Murch
    Aug 24 at 20:37
  • Right. I missed it. Confused and not sure which one is correct.
    – Prayank
    Aug 24 at 20:41

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