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.]
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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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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.
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Only in the "Afterword," on "Scott's Parental Interest," does Brewer reveal his justification for "my terminus ad quem of 1825 (the year in which Sir Walter Scott's Tales of the Crusaders first appeared)" (188).
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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.
The "warre of all against all" is not only a terminus a quo of state power (its point of departure) but also, under specific conditions, a terminus ad quem (its fateful undoing).
In "Catholic Communities and Their Art," Annabel Patterson writes about "the role of the visual arts in consoling, consolidating, and even creating English Catholic communities" (112), especially in the first half of the seventeenth century--thus just past the terminus ad quem of the "Pre-Modern" of this collection's title.
Inoltre e anche strano che per il terminus ad quem sia stato scelto l'Ottocento, anche perche l'italiano letterario degli ultimi cent'anni non solo ha subito modifiche ma continua a essere il termine di paragone per tutte le altre varieta linguistiche.
His terminus ad quem for the Mass Proper is based on his dating of the latest feasts with uniquely assigned chants, the Marian festivals and the Dedication.
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The terminus ad quem allows one to determine the nature of the effect of the Council of Trent on the book trade, a subject to which Vogel devotes only a few pages (150-55).