- conditions with regard to payment, price, charge, rates, wages, etc.: reasonable terms.
- conditions or stipulations limiting what is proposed to be granted or done: the terms of a treaty.
- footing or standing; relations: on good terms with someone.
- Obsolete.state, situation, or circumstances.
- each of the members of which an expression, a series of quantities, or the like, is composed, as one of two or more parts of an algebraic expression.
- a mathematical expression of the form axp, axpyq, etc., where a, p, and q are numbers and x and y are variables.
- the subject or predicate of a categorical proposition.
- the word or expression denoting the subject or predicate of a categorical proposition.
- an estate or interest in land or the like, to be enjoyed for a fixed period.
- the duration of an estate.
- each of the periods during which certain courts of law hold their sessions.
- end, conclusion, or termination.
- boundary or limit.
verb (used with object)
- to reach an agreement; make an arrangement: to come to terms with a creditor.
- to become resigned or accustomed: to come to terms with one's life.
Origin of term
Examples from the Web for terms
Contemporary Examples of terms
Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Yet to hear one of the victims so publicly rejecting the kinds of terms used in the past was inspiring.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say
December 29, 2014
Maybe I have come more to terms with, somewhere over the years, that people will think whatever they think.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
The rift put Washington at odds with countries like Brazil, Uruguay or Chile, which seemed to have come to terms with their past.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
Joseph LaRocca says some companies are upping the ante in terms of fending off return fraudsters.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of terms
Tell her, said my mother to Betty, she knows upon what terms she may come down to us.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This is the eternal agreement, but an agreement of which we find it difficult to accept the terms.The Conquest of Fear
We can't afford any scandal, so we're going to settle at your own terms.Within the Law
They were unable, they said, to accept the terms offered by Archidamus.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
On what terms he took the house is not known; it is not mentioned in his will.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- an estate or interest in land limited to run for a specified perioda term of years
- the duration of an estate, etc
- (formerly) a period of time during which sessions of courts of law were held
- time allowed to a debtor to settle
- the word or phrase that forms either the subject or predicate of a proposition
- a name or variable, as opposed to a predicate
- one of the relata of a relation
- any of the three subjects or predicates occurring in a syllogism
Word Origin for term
"limiting conditions," early 14c.; see term. Hence expressions such as come to terms, make terms, on any terms, etc. Meaning "standing, footing, mutual relations," as in expression on good terms (with someone), is recorded from 1540s.
early 13c., terme "limit in time, set or appointed period," from Old French terme "limit of time or place" (11c.), from Latin terminus "end, boundary line," related to termen "boundary, end" (see terminus). Old English had termen "term, end," from Latin. Sense of "period of time during which something happens" first recorded c.1300, especially of a school or law court session (mid-15c.).
The meaning "word or phrase used in a limited or precise sense" is first recorded late 14c., from Medieval Latin use to render Greek horos "boundary," employed in mathematics and logic. Meaning "completion of the period of pregnancy" is from 1844. Term-paper in U.S. educational sense is recorded from 1931.
"to give a particular name to," mid-16c., from term (n.). Related: Termed; terming.
see bring to terms; come to terms with; contradiction in terms; in no uncertain terms; in terms of; on good terms; on speaking terms.