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Definition of requisite

: needed for a particular purpose : essential, necessary has the requisite skills/knowledge/experience for the job … the bill was ultimately pulled after it became clear it would not get the requisite number of votes needed to pass the House …— Kaitlyn Schallhorn Classic Korean dishes, such as braised short ribs and meat dumplings, would be set out alongside the requisite [Thanksgiving] turkey and mashed potatoes.— Martha Fay Politics, to one degree or another, are a requisite part of committee work …— Angela D. Thompsell

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Other Words from requisite

requisite noun, plural requisites
For my part, I have never seen why a Ph.D. should be a requisite for college-level teaching. — Andrew Hacker
requisiteness noun
… the moral optimality of their conduct does not eliminate the wrongness of what they have done or the requisiteness of legal sanctions in response. — Matthew H. Kramer

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Acquiring an understanding of where requisite comes from won't require a formal inquiry. Without question, the quest begins with Latin quaerere, which means "to ask" and is an ancestor of a number of English words, including acquire, require,inquiry,question,quest, and, of course, requisite. From quaerere came requirere, meaning "to ask again." Repeated requests can express a need, and the past participle of requirere, which is requisitus, came to mean "needed" or "necessary." The English language acquired requisite when it was adopted into Middle English back in the 1400s.

Examples of requisite in a Sentence

this new CD is the requisite album of the year for classical music lovers
Recent Examples on the Web The group had nearly collected the requisite signatures to get the initiative on November’s ballot, but the pandemic put the kibosh on all that. Matt Simon, Wired, "Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?," 4 Aug. 2020 Four of those constitutional amendments were actually passed by the Senate by the requisite two-thirds majority. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Q&A with Alexander Keyssar, author of ‘Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?’," 31 July 2020 For any gardener, high summer is quiet compared to spring or fall, with the requisite cleanup. New York Times, "It’s Summertime, and the Gardening Should Be Easy, Right?," 29 July 2020 Patrons will be seated, and everyone, including the performers, will be spaced the requisite 6 feet apart and required to wear masks. Dylan Owens, The Know, "As Denver nightlife returns, music venues ponder: Can the show go on?," 19 June 2020 The lefty's scoring ability was praised by Taylor, who believes Bufkin has the ability to score inside, mid-range and from the 3-point line while possessing the requisite basketball IQ. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How did Michigan basketball land Kobe Bufkin? John Beilein holdover had a big hand in it," 12 July 2020 Most people know that milkweed leaves form the requisite menu for young, developing monarch caterpillars. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Got milkweed? Add some summer sizzle to your garden with these favorites of butterflies," 11 July 2020 But not long after Dixit arrived in India, the country and the US consulate went into lockdown, preventing her from getting the requisite stamp on her visa to return. Priyali Prakash, Quartz India, "#LetMeGoHome: Thousands of Indians are bearing the human and emotional cost of Trump’s visa ban," 8 July 2020 In the 15-member Security Council, for example, the West and its friends can normally count on the requisite nine votes to get their way on procedural matters. The Economist, "Power plays Who runs the world?," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of requisite

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for requisite

Middle English, from Latin requisitus, past participle of requirere

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“Requisite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of requisite

formal : needed for a particular purpose


req·​ui·​site | \ ˈre-kwə-zət How to pronounce requisite (audio) \

Kids Definition of requisite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: needed for reaching a goal or achieving a purpose requisite skills



Kids Definition of requisite (Entry 2 of 2)

: requirement Previous experience is a requisite.

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