Definition of prerequisite
: something that is necessary to an end or to the carrying out of a function
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
Recent Examples of prerequisite from the Web
For years, high school juniors and seniors have fretted over taking the hourslong SAT, a rite of passage long considered a prerequisite for getting into college.
Resolving the GOP differences is a prerequisite for this fall’s planned effort to rewrite the tax code, a top priority of President Donald Trump and GOP leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Although drinking alcohol does not always lead to violence and is not a prerequisite for violence to occur, the link between alcohol and violence is undeniable.
Mongolia lacks what political scientists identify as prerequisites for a liberal democracy.
The varnish that seems to be a prerequisite to be a network darling, especially a black one (Rachel is not only full of girl-next-door appeal, but a lawyer at a top Dallas law firm) was absent on ILNY, and the show was all the better for it.
Broad political support is a prerequisite for ambitious legislation, which means that coalition-building far from the halls of Congress enables voting that eventually transpires there.
After all, internet access is a prerequisite for modern-day homes.
Legal status is often a prerequisite for schools, hospitals, even rental housing, Walia said.
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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
PREREQUISITE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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