sine qua non


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si·ne qua non

 (sĭn′ĭ kwä nŏn′, nōn′, sī′nĭ, kwā)
n.
An essential element or condition: "The perfect cake is the sine qua non of the carefully planned modern wedding" (J.M. Hilary).

[Late Latin sine quā (causā) nōn, without which (cause) not : Latin sine, without + Latin quā : feminine ablative of quī, which + Latin nōn, not.]

sine qua non

(ˈsaɪnɪ kweɪ ˈnɒn)
n
(Law) an essential condition or requirement
[literally: without which not]

si•ne qua non

(ˈsɪn eɪ kwɑ ˈnoʊn, ˈnɒn, kweɪ)
n.
an indispensable or essential condition, element, or factor.
[1585–95; < Late Latin sine quā(causā) nōn without which (thing) not]

sine qua non

A Latin phrase meaning without which nothing, used to mean something that is absolutely essential.
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Noun1.sine qua non - a prerequisite
prerequisite, requirement - something that is required in advance; "Latin was a prerequisite for admission"

sine qua non

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sine qua non

[ˈsaɪnɪkweɪˈnɒn] Nsine qua non m

sine qua non

References in classic literature ?
if the classical phrase might be pardoned) a sine qua non.
Noel Vanstone (after submitting himself to the sine qua non, and destroying the letter) waited anxiously for results; while Mrs.
Geospatial Information: This Compendium is highly likely to become a reference book on the true art of Geospatial information, a field that has remained rather obscure in numerous minds, but which is now poised to become a sine qua non in modern warfare.
The chief of the powerful organization, which is a great ally of Damascus, has once again called on Syrian opposition to hold dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad, an option already rejected by opponents who pose as a sine qua non the departure of the head of State.
The Palestinian cause is the mother of all causes for the Arab Nation," Shaikh Mohammed said, describing its settlement as a sine qua non to the settlement of all problems facing the Middle East.
The Palestinian cause is the mother of all causes for the Arab Nation", Shaikh Mohammed said, describing its settlement as a sine qua non to the settlement of all problems facing the Middle East.
Paul Tillich wrote of God as "the ground of being"--the sine qua non of everything.
It is a sine qua non that a language keeps itself alive if it retains subtlety and imagination.
The Prime Minister graduated at the Faculty of Economics, where the exactness is condition sine qua non.
Head of the Police Traffic Department Demetris Demetriou said the passage of the bill was a sine qua non as it would reduce road accidents.
Rule of law is sine qua non for Turkey's future," she added.
Ahmadi-nejad's proposal for a televised debate is seen as the sine qua non of a politician who has no interest whatsoever in solving problems.