One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The point at which something ends or finishes.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead they have, in effect, imposed their own terminus ad quem, being the date of the raising of the present action.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 An aim or goal.
Latin, literally ‘end to which’.
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