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terminus ante quem

Syllabification: ter·mi·nus an·te quem
Pronunciation: /ˌtərmənəs ˌan(t)ē ˈkwem

Definition of terminus ante quem in English:


The latest possible date for something.
Example sentences
  • This should provide a date of c.70 B.C. as a terminus ante quem non for this occupation layer.
  • In fact, the chapter's conclusion only states a terminus a quo with any conviction, while his earlier confidence regarding a terminus ante quem seems to disappear unexplainably.
  • This may well mark the arrival of the first copies for sale in America, and thus give an terminus ante quem for the publication of the completed set.


Latin, literally 'end before which'.

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