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Merriam Webster dictionary online + example word (sine qua non)

18 February 2020

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sine qua non
si·ne qua non | \ ˌsi-ni-ˌkwä-ˈnän , -ˈnōn also ˌsē-; also ˌsī-ni-ˌkwā-ˈnän \
plural sine qua nons also sine quibus non\ -ˌkwi-(ˌ)bu̇s- also -ˌkwī- \

Definition of sine qua non: : something absolutely indispensable or essential reliability is a sine qua non for success

Did You Know?
Sine qua non can be translated literally as “Without which, not”. Though this may sound like gibberish, it means more or less “Without (something), (something else) won’t be possible”. Sine qua non sounds slightly literary, and it shouldn’t be used just anywhere. But it actually shows up in many contexts, including business (“A solid customer base is the sine qua non to success”), show business (“A good agent is a sine qua non for an actor’s career”), and politics (“His support was really the sine qua non for her candidacy”).

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Still, none of these titles is without challenges for a company that has made winning best picture the sine qua non of its movie ambitions.
— Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, “Oscars: Can Netflix Land Three Best Picture Nominations?,” 7 Nov. 2019

Graduating from Harvard, contrary to what its students and administrators may think, is not the sine qua non of a good life.
— Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, “Who ‘Deserves’ to Go to Harvard?,” 13 June 2019



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