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A.Word.A.Day--sine qua non

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This week's theme: Latin terms in English.

sine qua non (SY-nee kway NON) noun

An indispensable condition; prerequisite.

[Latin sine qua non (without which not).]

See more usage examples of sine qua+non in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Of course, the mastery of language is not the sine qua non of competence in literacy. But ease in communication in the language shows how one's cognitive abilities have developed." Kenendy Buhere; Proposal to Split TSC Ill-thought; The Kenya Times (Nairobi); Jan 19, 2007.

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