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[kwey, kwah] /kweɪ, kwɑ/
as; as being; in the character or capacity of:
The work of art qua art can be judged by aesthetic criteria only.
Origin of qua
1640-50; < Latin quā feminine ablative singular of quī who

causa sine qua non

[kou-sah si-ne kwah nohn; English kaw-zuh sahy-nee kwey non, kaw-zuh sin-ey kwah nohn] /ˈkaʊ sɑ ˈsɪ nɛ kwɑ ˈnoʊn; English ˈkɔ zə ˈsaɪ ni kweɪ ˈnɒn, ˈkɔ zə ˈsɪn eɪ kwɑ ˈnoʊn/
noun, Latin.
an indispensable condition; requisite.
literally, a cause without which not Unabridged
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/kweɪ; kwɑː/
in the capacity of; by virtue of being
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, ablative singular (feminine) of qui who
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Word Origin and History for qua

"as, in the capacity of," from Latin qua "where? on which side? at which place? which way? in what direction?" figuratively "how? in what manner? by what method?; to what extent? in what degree?" correlative pronomial adverb of place, from PIE *kwo-, stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (cf. Old English hwa "who;" see who).

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