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prerequisite

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noun pre·req·ui·site \(ˌ)prē-ˈre-kwə-zət\

Simple Definition of prerequisite

  • : something that you officially must have or do before you can have or do something else

Full Definition of prerequisite

  1. :  something that is necessary to an end or to the carrying out of a function

prerequisite adjective

Examples of prerequisite

  1. Future greatness does not always inspire popularity. Coolness, in the high-school or hip sense of the word, is not a prerequisite for leadership. —Evan Thomas, Newsweek, 2 Aug. 2004

  2. … opposition to the totalitarian threat was the prerequisite for membership in American liberalism because communism was the defining moral challenge of the age. —Peter Beinart, New Republic, 13 Dec. 2004

  3. But old-school Andy lacks a skill that may soon be a prerequisite for 21st-century detective work: knowing how to glean secrets from a suspect's hard drive. —Daniel McGinn, Newsweek, 23 Sept. 2002



1633

First Known Use of prerequisite

1633


PREREQUISITE Defined for Kids

prerequisite

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noun pre·req·ui·site \prē-ˈre-kwə-zət\

Definition of prerequisite

  1. :  something that is needed beforehand :  requirement <Citizenship is a prerequisite for voting.>





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