sine qua non meaning

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Noun: sine qua non  `siney kwaa'nown
  1. A prerequisite
    - essential condition

Derived forms: sine qua nons

Type of: prerequisite, requirement

Encyclopedia: Sine qua non

AmE / noun [sing.] (formal)

something that is essential before you can achieve sth else:

A good knowledge of a second language is a sine qua non for many positions.

NOTE Sine qua non is a Latin phrase.


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  1. patience is a sine qua non for a good teacher
  2. patience is a sine qua non for a good teacher
  3. sugar is a sine qua non ingredient in any kind of cake
  4. agreement by the management is a sine qua non of all employment contract

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