terminus ad quem


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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Such is, of course, the entire purpose of our systems of uniform laws and the terminus ad quem of the Uniform Law Commission. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021

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Word History


New Latin, literally, limit to which

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of terminus ad quem was in 1549

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“Terminus ad quem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminus%20ad%20quem. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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