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

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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.
beaucoup moins que] La contribution de l'Etat demeure une condition sine qua non, sachant qu'aucune disposition n'a ete prevue dans la loi des finances 2014 recemment adoptee en faveur cet organisme [beaucoup plus grand que] a-t-il deplore.
It has been recognised by all concerned that the implementation of the agreement in letter and spirit is a sine qua non for the redress of the causes of tension and conflicts, big and small, along the long border between the two countries.
On the other hand, the search for a Europe that will be able to respond effectively to these issues is a sine qua non and in this environment the upcoming elections certainly have a particular interest and at the same time they have a challenge to meet" Vassiliou said, stressing that the broad participation of people in these elections in particular can help.
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde said that loan negotiations with Egypt had stumbled due to political instability in the country, stressing that "stability is a sine qua non condition for the loan".
The gesture was expected, and many even considered it as a conditio sine qua non for the signing of the EU-Ukraine association agreement ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, in November.
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.
Apres avoir tergiverse, Damas a signe jeudi le protocole organisant le travail, et en particulier la liberte de mouvement, des observateurs depeches par l'ONU pour surveiller la treve, condition sine qua non de la poursuite de leur mission dans le cadre du plan de l'emissaire international Kofi Annan.
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.