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qua

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preposition \ˈkwä also ˈkwā\

Simple Definition of qua

  • : in the character or role of (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of qua

  1. :  in the capacity or character of :  as <discussing the story qua story>

Did You Know?

Which way? Who? No, we’re not paraphrasing lines from the old Abbott and Costello routine "Who’s on First?"; we’re referring to the etymology of qua, a term that comes to us from Latin. It can be translated as "which way" or "as," and it is a derivative of the Latin qui, meaning "who." "Qua" has been serving English in the capacity of a preposition since the 17th century. It’s a learned but handy little word that led one 20th-century usage writer to comment: "Qua is sometimes thought affected or pretentious, but it does convey meaning economically."

Origin and Etymology of qua

Latin, which way, as, from abl. singular feminine of qui who — more at who


First Known Use: 1647


Law Dictionary

qua

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preposition \ˈkwä, ˈkwā\

Legal Definition of qua

  1. :  in the capacity or character of <a legitimate interest of the stockholder qua stockholder>



Origin and Etymology of qua

Latin, which way, as, from ablative singular feminine of qui who


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