[kwey, kwah]
as; as being; in the character or capacity of: The work of art qua art can be judged by aesthetic criteria only.

1640–50; < Latin quā feminine ablative singular of quī who

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causa sine qua non

[kou-sah si-ne kwah nohn; English kaw-zuh sahy-nee kwey non, kaw-zuh sin-ey kwah nohn]
noun Latin.
an indispensable condition; requisite.

literally, a cause without which not

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qua (kweɪ, kwɑː)
in the capacity of; by virtue of being
[C17: from Latin, ablative singular (feminine) of qui who]

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Word Origin & History

"as, in the capacity of," 1647, from L. qua, abl. sing. fem. of qui "who," from PIE *kwo-, stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (cf. O.E. hwa "who," hwæt "what;" Goth. hvas "who;" Gk. posos "how much?").
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Example sentences
The sine qua non of any reference book, however frivolous, is accuracy.
Pure objectivity not only is unattainable by humans qua humans but, also,
  countervails mankind's ultimate coping success.
Smugness, of course, is the sine qua non of Hollywood.
High culture qua culture appeals to a limited number of people.
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