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sine qua non

noun [S] uk   /ˌsɪn.eɪ.kwɑːˈnəʊn/ us    /-ˈnoʊn/ formal
a necessary condition without which something is not possible: An interest in children is a sine qua non of teaching.
Translations of “sine qua non”
in Chinese (Traditional) 必要條件,必備條件…
in Chinese (Simplified) 必要条件,必备条件…
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