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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In other cases, homeowners ignore the requirement to buy insurance—and the government does little to enforce the mandate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, removes that requirement. Katie Honan, WSJ, "People Can Now Choose Male, Female or X on NYC Birth Certificates," 9 Oct. 2018 But according to Recode's Teddy Schleifer, that requirement doesn't kick in for 90 days after signing, giving Musk a few more weeks of unfettered tweeting. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk isn’t on his Twitter leash yet, so he’s taunting the SEC," 4 Oct. 2018 The replacement, passed the following year, rescinded that requirement, but halted new local antidiscrimination ordinances until 2020. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Court: Fight can proceed over ‘bathroom bill’ replacement," 1 Oct. 2018 Hello! reports that the requirement to bow to Queen Elizabeth kicks in at an early age—usually around age five. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's When Prince George and Princess Charlotte Will Have to Start Bowing to the Queen," 27 July 2018 Now, charter schools need local school board approval to open, but that requirement would vanish if the proposal passed. Leslie Postal,, "Lawsuit seeks to block proposed constitutional Amendment 8 from ballot," 13 July 2018 But in order to prevent southern states from denying representation to black voters Congress restored the single-member-district requirement in 1967. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Opponents argue that requirement should be changed rather than the service completely privatized, which is akin to cutting it loose completely. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "As Trump pushes to privatize the troubled Postal Service, others push back," 5 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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