requisite

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

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Other Words from requisite

requisite noun
requisiteness noun

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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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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 In the company’s announcement, which inexplicably failed to acknowledge the obvious, Mr. Bowser issued the requisite dull quote, though in this case it also could be read as a threat. WSJ, "Don’t Cross Nintendo’s New U.S. Boss," 22 Feb. 2019 Getting proper permits in place and with the backing of National Geographic, Berger began to assemble a team that would have the requisite scientific and caving background necessary to pull off the work. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Art School Everything Outside-of-the-box was nearly a requisite throughout the city. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Trends That Stole Our Hearts at New York Fashion Week," 13 Sep. 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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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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