Definition of terminus ad quem in English:

terminus ad quem


  • 1The point at which something ends or finishes.

    • ‘Hence the terminus ad quem can by no possibility be referred to a date later than the last decade but two of the second century.’
    • ‘The text provides no date by which the terminus ad quem (a final limiting point in time) can be fixed.’
    • ‘The good as value is the final cause of the action because it attracts the agent to realize that goal or end, the terminus ad quem.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the terminus ad quem for my study of the Korean diaspora will be approximately 1965 when the immigration laws of the United States were relaxed, bringing a large influx of Koreans into the country and thereby changing the character of the diaspora.’
    • ‘Instead they have, in effect, imposed their own terminus ad quem, being the date of the raising of the present action.’
    1. 1.1 An aim or goal.


Latin, literally ‘end to which’.


terminus ad quem

/ˌtəːmɪnəs ad ˈkwɛm/