Definition of terminus ad quem in English:

terminus ad quem

Syllabification: ter·mi·nus ad quem
Pronunciation: /ˈtərmənəs äd ˈkwem


  • 1The point at which something ends or finishes.
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    • 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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