terminus a quo

noun
\ -ˌä-ˈkwō How to pronounce terminus a quo (audio) \

Definition of terminus a quo

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

First Known Use of terminus a quo

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terminus a quo

New Latin, literally, limit from which

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“Terminus a quo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminus%20a%20quo. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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