terminus ad quem

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noun \-ˌäd-ˈkwem\

Definition of terminus ad quem

  1. 1 :  a goal, object, or course of action :  destination, purpose

  2. 2 :  a final limiting point in time

Origin and Etymology of terminus ad quem

New Latin, literally, limit to which


First Known Use: circa 1555

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