"limiting conditions," early 14c.; see term (n.). 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.
1. It presented in satirical terms points made in earnest by Catholic writers.
2. We are taught to construe these terms in a particular way.
3. Some have been sentenced to long prison terms after unfair trials.
4. How do the two techniques compare in terms of application?
5. People use scientific terms with no clear idea of their meaning.