terminus a quo

[ ter-mi-noo s ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuh s ey kwoh ]
/ ˈtɛr mɪˌnʊs ɑ ˈkwoʊ; English ˈtɜr mə nəs eɪ ˈkwoʊ /

noun Latin.

the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point.

Nearby words

  1. terminer,
  2. termini,
  3. termino-terminal anastomosis,
  4. terminology,
  5. terminus,
  6. terminus ad quem,
  7. termitarium,
  8. termitary,
  9. termite,
  10. termitic

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British Dictionary definitions for terminus a quo

terminus a quo

/ Latin (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ) /

noun

the starting point; beginning

Word Origin for terminus a quo

literally: the end from which

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