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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

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" or "to seek." That word is ancestor to 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 Latin requirere, which is requisitus, came to mean "needed" or "necessary." English 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 Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler has once again compared crypto to securities, saying investors still lack the requisite information for buying and selling digital currencies. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 So, yes, in his role as the Miami Heat’s big-man’s coach, Allen puts Adebayo through the requisite low-post training, the reverse layups, forceful finishes through contact. Ira Winderman,, 19 Oct. 2021 And companies are scrambling to hire people with the requisite skills in a very shallow talent pool. Lee Harland, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 That’s when directors recruit new talent with fresh perspectives and the requisite skills to fill board seats. Lila Maclellan, Fortune, 11 Aug. 2022 Only one of Fantasia’s seven current directors is independent, and doesn’t possess the requisite experience, the company said. Anniek Bao, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 The issue was whether the illness prevented him from forming the requisite intent to kill. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 The Celtics could gamble that Tatum, 24, and Brown, 25, blossom enough as ball-handlers to provide the requisite playmaking upgrade with Smart aboard. Globe Staff,, 21 June 2022 And when the hundreds of hours of existing television coverage can’t provide the requisite scene-setting, announcers are brought in to record facsimiles. New York Times, 14 July 2022 See More

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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 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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