terminus ad quem

\ -ˌäd-ˈkwem How to pronounce terminus ad quem (audio) \

Definition of terminus ad quem

1 : a goal, object, or course of action : destination, purpose
2 : a final limiting point in time

First Known Use of terminus ad quem

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terminus ad quem

New Latin, literally, limit to which

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“Terminus ad quem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminus%20ad%20quem. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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