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Sine qua non

Definition of the noun sine qua non

What does sine qua non mean as a name of something?


  1. a prerequisite

Alternative definition of the noun sine qua non


  1. An essential or indispensable element, condition, or ingredient.
  2. [legal] a test used to establish causation in fact.


  1. Sine Qua Non is a California cult winery known for its Rhône style blends, a tendency to avoid repetition, and a very limited production of wine that is highly difficult to obtain, with 100% of all releases allocated and directly sold to a carefully managed mailing list. The mailing list has by some measures a five- to ten-year waiting list. The winery is located in Ventura County, within the Central Coast AVA.
    • also known as SQN
  2. Sine Qua Non is a record label.


  1. "Sine Qua Non" is a musical album of Yudhisthira.
    • released on
  2. "Sine Qua Non" is a musical EP of Boy Del Mundo.
    • released on (5 years ago)


Sine qua non or condicio sine qua non refers to an indispensable and essential action, condition, or ingredient. It was originally a Latin legal term for "[a condition] without which it could not be", or "but for..." or "without which [there is] nothing".

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Google previewCausation: A Very Short Introduction (2013)

by Stephen Mumford, Rani Lill Anjum

Sine qua non means without which not, which does not look to be the same as a causal connection. Similarly, John's extra speed counterfactually depends on the Big Bang but arguably the Big Bang didn't cause it. It was merely a necessary ...

Google previewThe Regulation of International Trade (1999)

by M. J. Trebilcock, Robert Howse

While this approach allows regulatory control to be retained at the level of Member States, a sine qua non is the setting of minimum, community- wide standards for regulation .

Google previewDelusions and the Madness of the Masses (2010)

by Lawrie Reznek

Martin Hollis argues that any translation needs a “bridgehead” of shared true beliefs to get started, and that these are to be found in simple observational judgments: “The sine qua non is a bridgehead of true assertions about a shared reality.

Google previewAn Investigation Concerning the State (2006)

The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol 10 by St. Edith Stein

[Conditio sine qua non is a technical term in philosophy. It means “necessary condition” or, literally, “condition without which not.”] 138. [Gemeinwesen, “ commonwealth,” is literally “common essence.” Compare Gemeinschaft, “ community.

Google previewUnderstanding Pulmonary Pathology (2016)

Applying Pathological Findings in Therapeutic Decision Making by Richard L. Kradin

Sarcoidosis The sine qua non is the presence of nonnecrotizing granulomas. Non- or minimally necrotizing granulomatous inflammation Lymphangitic patterns of infiltration Upper lobe predominance Hilar and mediastinal ...

Google previewPatinages: Piano Part (1983)

by Christopher Bunting

Naturally, the sine qua non is the possession of a refined 'ear';. Alas, this is not as common as one would wish. Further, it is one's experience that the standard of much aural training is low at present, and that this is only partially due to the ...

Google previewBusiness and the Sustainability Challenge (2013)

An Integrated Perspective by Peter N. Nemetz

If sustainable development is indeed to be achieved, it can also be argued that the sine qua non is the education of the emerging business elite in the fundamental principles of sustainability, for only with the active engagement of the business ...

Google previewVeterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics (1998)

The conditio sine qua non is the availability of consistently good vaccines. Without standardization of vaccines, it seems difficult to formulate general vaccine recommendations. Effort should be directed to improving and standardizing the ...

Google previewOrigin and Evolution of Viruses (2008)

by Esteban Domingo, Colin R. Parrish, John J. Holland

An additional conditio sine qua non is the property to act as an encoded instruction for the reproduction process. It is useful to remain rather vague as far as the nature of this instruction is concerned, because there are many possible solutions ...

Google previewDocuments of the Assembly of the State of New York (1876)

The proposition to place in such board a “ representation of physicians ” as the sine qua non is an idea cut off from the same piece. That medical men should be eligible to such positions, is self-evident; but that they should be a privileged class ...

Google previewThe Professional Quest for Truth (1992)

A Social Theory of Science and Knowledge by Stephan Fuchs

nevertheless concludes that for interpretivism, "the sine qua non is a commitment to seeing the social world from the point of view of the actor, a theme which is rarely omitted from ...

Google previewMedical Century (1900)

The National Journal of Homœopathic Medicine and Surgery by Willis Alonzo Dewey

But the conditio sine qua non is an absolute freedom of the adnexa. The tubes were not observed to ...

Google previewEuropean Criminal Justice and Policy (2012)

by Marc Cools, Marleen Easton, Brice De Ruyver, Lieven Pauwels

A conditio sine qua non is an efficient system of information- exchange. The extent to which the EU is issuing legislation in that regard, and the extent to which ...

Google previewPapers and Proceedings of the ... General Meeting of the American Library Association Held at ... (1907)

" Our books then are secondary — the sine qua non is the teacher. "How can an inanimate mechanical gerund grinder foster the growth of anything; much ...

Google previewPapers and Proceedings of the ... Annual Meeting of the American Library Association (1906)

by American Library Association

Our books then are secondary—the sine qua non is the teacher. “How can an inanimate mechanical gerund grinder foster the growth of anything; much more mind which grows, not like a vegetable (by having its roots littered with etymological ...

Google previewThe New Relational Database Dictionary (2015)

Terms, Concepts, and Examples by C.J. Date

value substitutability, is logically implied by inheritance and is thus a sine qua non. Feature (b), compile time type checking, is highly desirable but can' t be achieved 100 percent (see TREAT). Feature (c), mutability, is a sine qua ...

Google previewDictionary of Rhetorical Terms (2010)

by Gregory T. Howard

sine qua non of rhetoric: the art of linguistically or symbolically ...

Google previewWorld Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1999)

A Resource for Readers and Writers by Gabriel Adeleye, Kofi Acquah-Dadzie

sine qua non n., pl. sine qua nons [L. sine without (1); qua which (2); non not (3): without which not.] Something considered essential or indispensable. Air is a sine qua non for human existence. —adj.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

sine qua non A Latin phrase meaning without which nothing, used to mean something that is absolutely essential.

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

sine qua non Isl-nee-kwah-nonl (L. "without which not") = an indispensable condition or thing. This LATINISM is common in both lay and legal writing ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Quotations from Various Authors in Ancient and Modern Languages, with English Translations ... (1831)

by Hugh Moore

Sine qua non. (Lat.) — " Any thing on which the performance, or existence, of another thing depends." Any condition that is indispensable, or ingredient that is absolutely necessary. — M.D. 3932. Sine virtute esse ainicitia nullo pacto potest ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 11: Agriculture and Industry by Melissa Walker, James C. Cobb

Racial accommodation and sectional reconciliation would do much to guarantee the sine qua non of the New South program: the development of an industrial economy that would restore prosperity and prominence to the region. During the ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

argumentation, explanation, exemplification, definition, and so on; it emphasises that for all vulnerable learners the absolute transparency of objectives is a sine qua non if the discrimination produced by hidden agendas is to be avoided.

Google previewAsian Horror Encyclopedia (2001)

Asian Horror Culture in Literature, Manga, and Folklore by Laurence Bush

P Lovecraft held that atmosphere was the sine qua non of horror fiction. Here Hearn writes about the same atmosphere. The horror tale looks toward the past, as science fiction looks toward the future.

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For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization. (Robert A. Heinlein)
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