Definition of terminus post quem in English:

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terminus post quem

Pronunciation: /ˌtərmənəs ˌpōst ˈkwem/


The earliest possible date for something.
Example sentences
  • This yielded a terminus post quem for the deposition of other sherds belonging to that vessel.
  • The above mentioned cases do cast a shadow of doubt about having a terminus post quem of 1617 for marked panels.
  • Snow also offers a rough date for the letter, using internal evidence to suggest a terminus post quem of 1599.


Latin, literally 'end after which'.

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Syllabification: ter·mi·nus post quem

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