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
Recent Examples on the Web Plus, by the time it was introduced in sufficient numbers at the end of the war, Germany had a serious lack of pilots with the requisite skills to perform in combat. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 Montague taught herself computer programming, gaining the requisite skills to design naval vessels. Arkansas Online, 5 July 2021 Once the storm passes at Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis, the aspiring LPGA Tour professional soon displays the requisite skills, attitude and killer instinct to earn her second win on the Florida mini-tours. Edgar Thompson,, 27 June 2021 Building upon her degree, Dickenmann has recently completed a masters which has given her the requisite qualifications for her new career in the boardroom. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 26 May 2021 If nothing else, the split vote Monday strongly suggested there is not likely to be the requisite five votes to upend a federal appeals court order that has blocked a six-day extension of the time to receive and count absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, 20 Oct. 2020 Some additional form of value is likewise requisite. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 4 July 2021 With regard to the watermark issue, Anderson found Bain failed to establish that Haid is liable for L.A. MediaWorks' removal of the mark or that the actress acted with the requisite knowledge to sustain such a claim under the DMCA. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Aug. 2020 Anything that has a chance of garnering the requisite 60 or so votes can’t include any of the most radical changes proposed by Democrats in their legislation. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 27 Apr. 2021

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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