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An essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary.‘grammar and usage are the sine qua non of language teaching and learning’
- ‘Adopt these strategies for putting the sine qua non of job search success - networking - to the test.’
- ‘This practice, one of the sine qua nons of Hungarian rural life, has lost much of its original sacral, ritual meaning.’
- ‘There are three sine qua nons of guerilla warfare.’
- ‘Clearly the first of two sine qua nons is to be able to express one calculated column in terms of another.’
- ‘The study subjects obviously are the sine qua nons of a clinical trial.’
Latin, literally (cause) without which not.
sine qua non/ˌsinā ˌkwä ˈnōn//ˌsinē ˌkwä ˈnän/
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