Meaning of sine qua non in English:

sine qua non

Pronunciation /ˌsɪni kwɑː ˈnəʊn/ /ˌsʌɪni kweɪ ˈnɒn/

Translate sine qua non into Spanish


  • An essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary.

    ‘grammar and usage are the sine qua non of language teaching and learning’
    • ‘The study subjects obviously are the sine qua nons of a clinical trial.’
    • ‘Adopt these strategies for putting the sine qua non of job search success - networking - to the test.’
    • ‘Clearly the first of two sine qua nons is to be able to express one calculated column in terms of another.’
    • ‘This practice, one of the sine qua nons of Hungarian rural life, has lost much of its original sacral, ritual meaning.’
    • ‘There are three sine qua nons of guerilla warfare.’
    necessity, essential item, necessary item, prerequisite, requisite, requirement, need
    fundamentals, basics, rudiments, principles, first principles, foundations, preliminaries, groundwork


Latin, literally ‘(cause) without which not’.