sine qua nonplay
Simple Definition of sine qua non
: something that is absolutely needed
Full Definition of sine qua non
plural sine qua nons also sine quibus non play \-ˌkwi-(ˌ)bu̇s- also -ˌkwī-\
: something absolutely indispensable or essential <reliability is a sine qua non for success>
Examples of sine qua non in a sentence
Patience is a sine qua non for this job.
<an extensive grounding in mathematics is a sine qua non for a career in architecture>
Origin of sine qua non
Late Latin, without which not
First Known Use: 1602
Rhymes with sine qua non
abutilon, Agamemnon, anticodon, antiproton, archenteron, arrière-ban, asyndeton, automaton, Azerbaijan, Bellerophon, bildungsroman, carrying-on, diazinon, dodecagon, emoticon, encephalon, get a move on, himation, interferon, kakiemon, keep an eye on, Laocoön, mesenteron, Michoacán, millimicron, oxymoron, phenomenon, protozoon, pteranodon, put the arm on, put the make on, rear echelon, Rostov-on-Don, Saskatchewan, septentrion, set one's heart on, set one's sights on, steal a march on, take it out on, Taklimakan, turn one's back on, Vientiane, wipe one's boots on, zero coupon, zooplankton
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