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qua

[ kwey, kwah ]
/ kweɪ, kwɑ /
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adverb
as; as being; in the character or capacity of: The work of art qua art can be judged by aesthetic criteria only.
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Origin of qua

First recorded in 1640–50; from Latin quā, feminine ablative singular of the relative pronoun quī who
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British Dictionary definitions for qua

qua
/ (kweɪ, kwɑː) /

preposition
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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