prerequisite

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

Definition of prerequisite

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

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prerequisite adjective

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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.

Examples of prerequisite in a Sentence

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 … 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 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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Other prerequisites included: proximity (two hour trip max), and authenticity (ideally the opposite of trendy and curated). Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 Such open-mindedness is a mark of a great judge, and a prerequisite for persuading others. Jack Goldsmith, Time, "Brett Kavanaugh Will Right the Course of the Supreme Court," 12 July 2018 But my surgeon recommended both a reduction and a lift, reassuring me that pain was not a prerequisite for insurance coverage. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 Lake communities are planning a plethora of pyrotechnic splashes of red, white and blue, along with the prerequisite All-American fun and fare during annual Fourth of July celebrations. Rosemarie Dowell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County eager to celebrate Fourth of July with fun, food, fireworks," 28 June 2018 The implication that identification is a prerequisite for getting an accurate avatar is not in line with Gen Z's increasing awareness of gender fluidity. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Apple's Memoji Are Gender Neutral — Here's Why That Matters," 5 June 2018 Suspending disbelief is a prerequisite for watching most major sci-fi films and series as of late. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The First: Hulu’s new series about a human mission to Mars feels pretty real," 5 Sep. 2018 On a sensitive residential project like this one, the client’s baseline prerequisites come first, but H&dM’s subversive streak is bound to assert itself. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 With no prerequisites required, the class, offered through the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, filled to its cap of 50 students. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "This new FIU class had 48 women, 2 men. Their assignment: Prevent rape on campus. | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of prerequisite

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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prerequisite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prerequisite

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

prerequisite

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

Kids Definition of prerequisite

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

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