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sine qua non

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noun si·ne qua non \ˌsi-ni-ˌkwä-ˈnän, -ˈnōn also ˌsē-; also ˌsī-ni-ˌkwā-ˈnän\

Simple Definition of sine qua non

  • : something that is absolutely needed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sine qua non

plural

sine qua nons

also

sine quibus non

play \-ˌkwi-(ˌ)bu̇s- also -ˌkwī-\
  1. :  something absolutely indispensable or essential <reliability is a sine qua non for success>

Examples of sine qua non in a sentence

  1. Patience is a sine qua non for this job.

  2. <an extensive grounding in mathematics is a sine qua non for a career in architecture>



Origin and Etymology 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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