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1

As measured or indicated by, on the basis of. For example, How far is it in terms of miles? This usage originated in mathematics, where it alludes to numerical units. [Mid-1700s]

2

In relation to, with reference to, as in This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory entertainment. [Late 1800s]

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