terminus ante quem

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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".

NounEdit

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

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 21 September 2013, at 10:38