sine qua non

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin sine qua non (without which [cause] not).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical Latin) IPA(key): /ˈsi.ne kwaː noːn/[1]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪni kwɑ ˈnɒn/, /ˈsaɪni kweɪ ˈnɒn/, /ˈsɪneɪ kwɑ ˈnɒn/, /ˈsɪneɪ kweɪ ˈnɒn/

Noun[edit]

sine qua non (plural sine qua nons or sine quibus non)

  1. An essential or indispensable element, condition, or ingredient.
    • 2000, A. Przeworski, M. Alvarez, J. Cheibub, F. Limongi, Democracy and Development (Cambridge University Press), page 34:
      [] whereas some degree of political freedom is a sine qua non condition for contestation, democracy cannot be sufficiently defined in terms of "liberties" []

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  1. ^ sine qua non” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.