sine qua non

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin [condiciō] sine quā nōn ([condition] without which not), originated in Aristotelian expressions as legal term.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌsaɪnɪ kweɪ ˈnɒn/, /ˌsɪn(e)ɪ kwɑː ˈnəʊn/, /ˌsɪn(e)ɪ kwɑː ˈnɒn/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsɪni kwɑ ˈnɑn/, /ˌsɪni kwɑ ˈnoʊn/, /ˌsaɪni kweɪ ˈnɑn/
  • Rhymes: -ɒn, -əʊn

Noun[edit]

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

  1. An essential or indispensable element, condition, or ingredient.
    Synonym: prerequisite
    • 1909, Arnold Bennett, chapter I, in Literary Taste: How to Form It:
      Literature, instead of being an accessory, is the fundamental sine qua non of complete living.
    • 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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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin [condiciō] sine quā nōn ([condition] without which not).

Pronunciation[edit]

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:
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Adjective[edit]

sine qua non (invariable, comparable)

  1. (of a prerequisite) indispensable