terminus ad quem

noun
\ -ˌäd-ˈkwem \

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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