re·​quire·​ment | \ ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce requirement (audio) \

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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The former England goalkeeper was signed by the Clarets last summer after injuries to Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, but now appears to be surplus to requirements and probably available on the cheap., "4 Positions Sheffield United Need to Strengthen in Order to Stay in the Premier League," 12 July 2019 In early June, a U.S Congressional committee introduced a bill that would subject Chinese companies listed in the U.S. to more stringent financial reporting requirements. Time, "Why Business Has a Stake in Hong Kong's Protests," 11 July 2019 In 2014, the company was placed on the Commerce Department’s Entity List, which includes foreign businesses and people who are subject to specific license requirements for the export, reexport and transfer of specific items. Colleen Shalby,, "UCLA professor faces 219 years in prison for conspiring to send U.S. missile chips to China," 11 July 2019 The severe crisis was partly due to high debt service requirements that affected the budget and affected the balance of payments. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 2019 Regulators worldwide are concerned that Libra could be used for money laundering and terrorist financing, issues that are directly linked to identification requirements. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Where will Facebook’s Libra be in six months?," 3 July 2019 An irony of the conservative majority’s insistence on returning to the Constitution’s requirements is that non-delegation is not mentioned in the Constitution. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed," 3 July 2019 But owing to various eligibility requirements, not everyone can make the cut for DACA. NBC News, "Supreme Court to hear DACA case while 'Dreamers' who never qualified remain in the shadows," 2 July 2019 The Higher Education Act says federal loans are not subject to state disclosure requirements, and the court reasoned that Great Lakes was accused only of failing to disclose certain information. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Court rules student loan companies are subject to state consumer laws, contrary to Trump administration’s stance," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of requirement

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of requirement was in 1662

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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 How to pronounce requirement (audio) \

Kids Definition of requirement

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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