requisite

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

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

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After the requisite banter, Colbert turns serious, asking about Rodman’s five trips to North Korea since 2013. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "Draymond Before Draymond: The Complicated Legacy of Dennis Rodman," 6 June 2018 The contents of her carry-on include the requisite travel documents, her passport (which is encased in a Smythson passport holder), a Chopard ballpoint pen, a D.Porthault boudoir pillow, and an oversized pashmina which also serves as a blanket. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 Advertising Martinez played through the requisite bumps for a freshman to lead the Huskers’ offense to its highest national ranking (25th) since 2008. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Huskers’ Martinez eyes encore to fantastic freshman campaign," 13 Apr. 2019 That meant Ashley had just the requisite 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave to work with. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "America Could at Last Pass Paid Leave. But What Good Is a Plan That Excludes Millions of Women?," 2 Apr. 2019 What's more, each palette is designed to look exactly like a license plate, complete with the requisite metal packaging and signature lettering style. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Balm Is Launching "Autobalm" Cheek and Eye Shadow Palettes That Look Just Like License Plates," 26 Mar. 2019 Of note, the requisite 30 hours of debate allowed for a nominee far exceeds the hours of public debate that a candidate for the presidency faces. WSJ, "The Constitution Says Advice and Consent, Not Delay and Destroy," 5 Mar. 2019 Machine guns serve purely as an investment tool for anyone willing to endure the requisite bureaucratic obstacles—an extreme version of requirements gun law advocates seek for more common types of firearms. Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg.com, "How One Man Got Rich Selling Machine Guns," 5 Apr. 2018 Machine guns serve purely as an investment tool for anyone willing to endure the requisite bureaucratic obstacles—an extreme version of requirements gun law advocates seek for more common types of firearms. Fortune, "How Buying and Selling Machine Guns in America Made This Man Rich — Yes, Actual Machine Guns," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for requisite

requisite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of requisite

formal : needed for a particular purpose

requisite

adjective
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

requisite

noun

Kids Definition of requisite (Entry 2 of 2)

: requirement Previous experience is a requisite.

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