One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The latest possible date for something.
- ‘This would provide a terminus ante quem, but, again, we cannot date the essay on The Pythian Oracles with certainty.’
- ‘In fact, the chapter's conclusion only states a terminus a quo with any conviction, while his earlier confidence regarding a terminus ante quem seems to disappear unexplainably.’
- ‘This should provide a date of c.70 B.C. as a terminus ante quem non for this occupation layer.’
- ‘This may well mark the arrival of the first copies for sale in America, and thus give a terminus ante quem for the publication of the completed set.’
- ‘The writ clearly sets a terminus post quem for the addition, but can hardly provide a terminus ante quem for the text itself.’
- ‘The Pompeii figurine carries a terminus ante quem date of 79 CE, when the Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii in a layer of ash.’
Latin, literally ‘end before which’.
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