prerequisite

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

Definition of prerequisite

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

prerequisite

adjective

Examples of prerequisite in a Sentence

  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

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Did You Know?

Prerequisite is partly based on requirere, the Latin verb meaning "to need or require". So a prerequisite can be anything that must be accomplished or acquired before something else can be done. Possessing a valid credit card is a prerequisite for renting a car. A physical exam may be a prerequisite for receiving a life-insurance policy. And successful completion of an introductory course is often a prerequisite for enrolling in a higher-level course.

First Known Use of prerequisite

circa 1631


PREREQUISITE Defined for English Language Learners

prerequisite

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Definition of prerequisite for English Language Learners

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


PREREQUISITE Defined for Kids

prerequisite

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

Definition of prerequisite for Students

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



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