Origin of quaL, ablative singular feminine of qui, who
Qua is defined as in the function of, or in the capacity of.
An example of qua is an assistant manager acting as manager while the manager is out sick; the assistant manager qua manager.
In the capacity or character of; as: The president qua head of the party mediated the dispute.
Origin of quaLatin quā feminine ablative sing. of quī who ; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- (radio slang, question) Have you news of ... (call sign)?
- (radio slang, statement) Here is news of ... (call sign).
- The conferences were opened at the close of July in the camp of the grand vizier, who was pressing Belgrade hard and demanded the surrender of the city as a sine qua non.
- A copy, qua copy, can never be the equal of the exemplar, and it may be much its inferior.
- The commissioners feared that, so long as Greek was a sine qua non at the universities, these schools would be cut off from direct connexion with the universities, while the universities would in some degree lose their control over a portion of the higher culture of the nation.
- The improvement of the telescope was justly regarded as a sine qua non for the advancement of astronomical knowledge.
- An Italian contc may or may not be a gentleman; he has long ceased, qua count, to have any social prestige, and his rank is not recognized by the Italian government.