terminus a quo


: a point of origin
: a first limiting point in time

Word History


New Latin, literally, limit from which

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of terminus a quo was in 1549

Dictionary Entries Near terminus a quo

Cite this Entry

“Terminus a quo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminus%20a%20quo. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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