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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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Examples from the web for qua
  • 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.
  • Computers are now being promoted as the educational sine qua non.
  • Losing the ability to desire is the sine qua non of serious depression.
  • For junior faculty members, complaining to each other is a sine qua non of the tenure track.
  • Keeping one's money actually could be said to be the sine qua non for life, liberty, and happiness.
  • Military service, once deemed a sine qua non for presidential candidates, is also no longer discussed much.
  • Such a capacity is a sine qua non of all serious art.
British Dictionary definitions for qua


/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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