terminus a quo

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ter·mi·nus a quo

 (tĕr′mĭ-no͝os′ ä kwō′, tûr′mə-nəs ā)
1. A starting point or origin.
2. A first point in time: The terminus a quo for the Middle Ages is often considered the fall of Rome in 476.

[Latin terminus ā quō, limit from which.]

terminus a quo

(ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the starting point; beginning
[literally: the end from which]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terminus a quo - earliest limiting point
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
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Part close reading, part historical study, this essay might almost serve as a terminus a quo for future work on its subject.
5) We thus have what appears to be a pretty irrefutable terminus a quo.
Rather than speculating on a date, she supplies the conventional terminus ad quem and terminus a quo, 1592 and 1588.