terminus ante quem

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin terminus ‎(a boundary, a limit) and ante ‎(before) and quem ‎(which), the accusative of quī ‎(what). Literally meaning "the limit before which".

Noun[edit]

terminus ante quem

  1. the date before which a document must have been written
  2. the date before which an archaeological artifact must have been deposited

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