terminus ad quem

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ter·mi·nus ad quem

 (tĕr′mĭ-no͝os′ äd kwĕm′, tûr′mə-nəs ăd)
1. A goal or finishing point.
2. A final limiting point in time: The date of the author's death was the only terminus ad quem for the manuscript.

[Latin, limit to which.]

terminus ad quem

(ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs æd ˈkwɛm)
the aim or terminal point
[literally: the end to which]
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Noun1.terminus ad quem - final or latest limiting point
end, ending - the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period"
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The colophon of the single extant manuscript indicates 1447 as the terminus ad quem of the work, and suggests its limited circulation (the sole manuscript having been created by someone within Bokenham's circle) and its assumed relevance to the religious lives of nuns.
The year 1543 is, in fact, this author's terminus ad quem, and it is certainly important both for physics and astronomy.
s terminus ad quem coincides with the beginning of Vatican Council II in 1962.
if its terminus a quo and terminus ad quem are not dissimilar, then it is impossible to characterize it as an assimilation.
Most of the previously unpublished ones come from two notebooks, dated terminus ad quem 1939 and 1946.
One might regret that Hugon did not discuss the date of the manuscript itself, which--provided that it would have been possible to come up with a terminus ad quem, even an approximate one--could help to give an idea about the period in which the work still generated interest among Tibetan scholars.
The creative imagination is the Chaos terminus a quo and the World(s) is the terminus ad quem, the polar character of which sets the permeable bounds to meaning and existence.
However, he suggests 1785, the publication year of Schutz's review, as terminus a quo, and the end of Mutach's student years in 1789, as terminus ad quem.
This reigning scientific orthodoxy has not only removed the hand of God from human and natural affairs, it has also led humanity to a state of despair--for, if earthquakes can be explained away in terms of the movement of tectonic plates, and all that happens on earth in terms of randomly occurring processes, then life on this ravaged planet itself becomes a terminus ad quem, without any hope of a future life.