sine qua non


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sine qua non

A necessary, essential, or required element. The Latin phrases translates literally to "without which not." Some consider a good education to be the sine qua non of a successful career.
See also: non, qua, sine

sine qua non

An essential element or condition, as in A perfect cake is the since qua non of a birthday party. This phrase is Latin for "without which not" and has been used in English since about 1600. It appears more in writing than in speech.
See also: non, qua, sine

a sine qua ˈnon (of/for something)

/%sIneI kwA: "n@Un; American English "noUn/ (from Latin, formal) something that is essential before you can achieve something else: Many people believe that grammar is the sine qua non of language learning.
In Latin, this means ‘without which not’.
See also: non, qua, sine

sine qua non

Essential part. As translated from the Latin, “Without which, there would be nothing,” the phrase is an erudite way to describe that which is indispensable or basic.
See also: non, qua, sine
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The teacherOs competency and self-efficacy, which greatly affects the teacher-student relationship, is at the heart of reform and is the sine qua non of meaningful change in schools.
For the staff that must operate and maintain this equipment, these manuals -- not to mention a description of the equipment modifications not reflected in the manuals -- are a sine qua non.
Kevin Smith's Clerks, another nihilist teen comedy from the same period, earned more praise than The Suburbanators (it's an American film and was accordingly hyped as the sine qua non of slacker comedies), but Burns crammed more meaning--desperation, humour, existential angst--into the aforementioned scene than Smith put in his entire movie.
For his fiftieth wedding anniversary, and as a grand finale to his career, Eloi is planning a super Lewoz, the all-night apotheosis of drumming and dance which is presented as the sine qua non of Creole culture.
All people benefit when supported in their quest toward their dreams, but this is a sine qua non for individuals facing a dramatic shift in life's circumstances, such as SCI.
They recognize, in principle at least, that Engels knew what he was talking about in the late Nineteenth Century: that the economic and political subordination of women is the sine qua non of the sacrosanct nuclear family as we know it.
For dessert on each of the two programs Poll served up two frothy pop-music ballets, which have become sine qua non for regional companies since the Broadway success of Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs.
military intervention: The physical removal of the Cedras junta and its minions is the sine qua non of Haitian survivial, and no other resource is remotely available to do the job except American armed forces.
Thus, the availability of a recovery in tort is generally the sine qua non for relief under Sec.
Employee empowerment is the sine qua non in retooling the workforce to meet worldclass standards.
Three other circuit courts read the Lincoln ruling to mean what National Starch claimed it did: Creation of a separate asset was a sine qua non of capitalization treatment.
It took over 40 years for the first part of the loop to be preserved-the mountainside leg, which was the sine qua non of the project.
Finally, the introduction of bundled offers is a sine qua non for higher adoption.
He noted that democracy was sine qua non for the progress and prosperity of the country and its people.
La generalisation de l'administration electronique sur tous les departements ministeriels et les institutions constitutionnelles demeure une condition sine qua non de la reforme administrative, a affirme, mardi, Abdessattar Ben Moussa, mediateur administratif.