Definition of terminus ad quem in English:

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terminus ad quem

Pronunciation: /ˌtərmənəs äd ˈkwem/


1The point at which something ends or finishes.
Example sentences
  • Hence the terminus ad quem can by no possibility be referred to a date later than the last decade but two of the second century.
  • Instead they have, in effect, imposed their own terminus ad quem, being the date of the raising of the present action.
  • The text provides no date by which the terminus ad quem (a final limiting point in time) can be fixed.
1.1An aim or goal.


Latin, literally 'end to which'.

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Syllabification: ter·mi·nus ad quem

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