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  1. terminus a quo, starting pointnoun

    earliest limiting point


  1. terminus a quonoun

    The lower limit of dating, as of the earliest plausible date at which a fact could have occurred or a document could have been written.


  1. terminus a quo

    A terminus post quem ('limit after which', sometimes abbreviated TPQ) and terminus ante quem ('limit before which', abbreviated TAQ) specify the known limits of dating for events or items.A terminus post quem is the earliest date the event may have happened or the item was in existence, and a terminus ante quem is the latest. An event may well have both a terminus post quem and a terminus ante quem, in which case the limits of the possible range of dates are known at both ends, but many events have just one or the other. Similarly, a terminus ad quem 'limit to which' is the latest possible date of a non-punctual event (period, era, etc.), whereas a terminus a quo 'limit from which' is the earliest. The concepts are similar to those of upper and lower bounds in mathematics. These terms are often used in archaeological and historical studies, such as dating layers in excavated sites, coins, historical events, authors, inscriptions or texts where the exact dates may not be known or may be in dispute.


  1. terminus a quo

    Terminus a quo is a Latin term that refers to the starting point or the earliest limit in time or space. It is commonly used in various fields like law, architecture, religion, archaeology and philosophy to denote the initial point or date from which an event or period is considered to start.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terminus a quo in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terminus a quo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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