[ kwey, kwah ]
/ kweɪ, kwɑ /


as; as being; in the character or capacity of: The work of art qua art can be judged by aesthetic criteria only.

Origin of qua

1640–50; < Latin quā feminine ablative singular of quī who
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British Dictionary definitions for qua


/ (kweɪ, kwɑː) /


in the capacity of; by virtue of being

Word Origin for qua

C17: from Latin, ablative singular (feminine) of qui who
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Word Origin and History for qua


"as, in the capacity of," from Latin qua "where? on which side? at which place? which way? in what direction?" figuratively "how? in what manner? by what method?; to what extent? in what degree?" correlative pronomial adverb of place, from PIE *kwo-, stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (cf. Old English hwa "who;" see who).

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