sine qua non
I noun absolute condition, absolute prerequisite, antecedent, condition, contingency, essential clause, essential condition, essential matter, essential part, essential qualification, indispensable condition, indispensable item, necessity, precondition, prerequisite, prime constituent, prime ingredient, qualification, requirement, vital concern II index center (essence), cornerstone

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


sine qua non
n.
(Latin) Without which not; something without which something else cannot happen; a requirement or necessity.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


sine qua non
Latin for "without which it could not be," an indispensable action or condition. Example: if Charlie had not left the keys in the ignition, his ten-year-old son could not have started the car and backed it over Polly's bike. So Charlie's act was the sine qua non of the damage to Polly's bike.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


sine qua non
n. Latin Without which not. Something that is indispensable and upon which something else relies.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


sine qua non
(Latin: Without which not.)
A description of a requisite or condition that is indispensable.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


sine qua non
I
[Latin, Without which not.] A description of a requisite or condition that is indispensable.
II An indispensable condition; a requisite.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

sine qua non
[see-nay kwah nahn]
prep.
   Latin for "without which it could not be," an indispensable action or condition. Example: if Charlie Careless had not left the keys in the ignition, his 10-year-old son could not have started the car and backed it over Polly Playmate. So Charlie's act was the sine qua non of the injury to Playmate.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • sine qua non — ● sine qua non locution adjectivale (mots latin signifiant sans quoi non) Indispensable : Une condition sine qua non. sine qua non loc. adv. (lat., [condition] sans laquelle non ) Condition sine qua non, obligatoire, indispensable. ⇒SINE QUA NON …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sine qua non — si‧ne qua non [ˌsɪni kwɑː ˈnəʊn ǁ ˈnɑːn] noun [singular] formal something that you must have, or which must exist, for something else to be possible: sine qua non for/​of • The control of inflation is a sine qua non for economic stability. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • sine qua non — Loc. lat. (pron. [sine kuá non] o [sine kua nón]) que significa literalmente ‘sin la cual no’. Se emplea con el sentido de ‘[condición] que resulta indispensable para algo’: «La democracia es una condición sine qua non para pertenecer al… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • sine qua non — an indispensable condition, c.1600, Latin, lit. without which not, from sine without + qua ablative fem. singular of qui which + non not. Feminine to agree with implied causa. The Latin phrase is common in Scholastic use. Sometimes a masculine… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sine qua non — |sinequànóne| adj. 2 g. 2 núm. Indispensável, essencial (ex.: condição sine qua non).   ‣ Etimologia: locução latina sine qua non, sem o qual não …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • sine qua non — (izg. sȉne kvȃ nȏn) DEFINICIJA usp. condicio sine qua non, v. condicio …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • sine\ qua\ non — [ sinekwanɔn ] loc. adj. • 1565; du lat. des écoles, littéralt « (condition) sans laquelle non » ♦ Condition (II, 1o) sine qua non …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sine qua non — см. conditio sine qua non. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • sine qua non — (Loc. lat.); literalmente, sin la cual no ). ☛ V. condición sine qua non …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • sine qua non — [sī′nē kwā nän′, sin′ā kwä nōn′] n. [L, without which not] an essential condition, qualification, etc.; indispensable thing; absolute prerequisite …   English World dictionary

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