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

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

Full Definition of PREREQUISITE

:  something that is necessary to an end or to the carrying out of a function
prerequisite adjective


  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

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

Definition of PREREQUISITE for Kids

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


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