causa sine qua non

[ kou-sah -si-ne kwah -nohn; English kaw-zuh -sahy-nee kwey -non, kaw-zuh -sin-ey kwah -nohn ]
/ ˈkaʊ sɑ ˈsɪ nɛ kwɑ ˈnoʊn; English ˈkɔ zə ˈsaɪ ni kweɪ ˈnɒn, ˈkɔ zə ˈsɪn eɪ kwɑ ˈnoʊn /

noun Latin.

an indispensable condition; requisite.

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Origin of causa sine qua non

Literally, “a cause without which not”
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