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sine qua non -- (Latin)
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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • I believe in the people and am always glad to give them their due, but I am not for spoiling them, that is a sine qua non .

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  • It was as though he knew very well that in Lombard’s past actions legality had not always been a sine qua non.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Simple facts in isolation, and facts to connect them—ands and buts—are the sine qua non of all their glorious achievement.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel

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