re·quire·ment | \ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r-mənt \

Definition of requirement 

: something required:

a : something wanted or needed : necessity production was not sufficient to satisfy military requirements

b : something essential to the existence or occurrence of something else : condition failed to meet the school's requirements for graduation

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Examples of requirement in a Sentence

He has met the basic requirements for graduation. She has fulfilled the general requirements of the course.

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Seven other states also have asked the administration for permission to impose work requirements. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan,, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 States have been imposing stricter requirements on sewage systems for decades. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Developers Go With the Flow as New Water Rules Kick In," 10 July 2018 Trump’s history of harsh rhetoric targeting minorities also taints standard-fare GOP initiatives such as cutting food stamps and imposing work requirements on Medicaid and other social services. Annie Linskey,, "President Trump’s racially charged words dovetail with harsh policies," 9 July 2018 The first, explicitly mentioned in the proposal, is to impose work requirements on all these programmes. The Economist, "Remaking the federal government," 28 June 2018 The court ruled that the benefits of imposing the 2013 requirements did not justify the obstacles to access. Alejandra Matos, San Antonio Express-News, "Abortion providers sue Texas to undue decades-old laws," 14 June 2018 The court ruled that the benefits of imposing the 2013 requirements did not justify the obstacles to access. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "Abortion providers sue Texas to undo decades-old laws," 14 June 2018 That would put Northgate and other finders on the hook for additional reporting requirements and state oversight. James Rufus Koren,, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFA Industry veterans tend to be offended by the requirement. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of requirement

1662, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of requirement

: something that is needed or that must be done

: something that is necessary for something else to happen or be done


re·quire·ment | \ri-ˈkwīr-mənt \

Kids Definition of requirement

: something that is necessary Sleep is a requirement for health.

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