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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Pair it with eggs to stay savory or apply the requisite maple syrup bath for a hits-the-spot study in sweet-toasty contrast. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Why I’m Ordering Waffles at a Place Called Pancake Social," 13 Aug. 2019 If nothing else, most of the engineers will credit their youth for giving them the requisite energy and fearlessness for confronting hurdles that looked insurmountable. Brandon R. Brown, Smithsonian, "Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moon," 12 July 2019 One time, with Wally Schirra flying, Cunningham passed El Paso but still had not hit the requisite average. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon," 16 July 2019 Staked to a six-run lead after allowing three runs in the bottom of the first inning, Zimmermann could not complete the requisite five innings to qualify for his first win of the season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Offense brilliant, Jordan Zimmermann pounded," 14 July 2019 Startups and investors who file requisite declarations will not face additional scrutiny related to angel tax, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured during her budget speech today (July 5). Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Good news for young startups as India eases scrutiny on angel investment," 5 July 2019 This is a horror movie, so there’s death involved, violent, bloody and gruesome death, plus the requisite nudity. Chuck Yarborough,, "Most terrifying part of ‘Midsommar’ is its plausibility (review)," 28 June 2019 Along with an ample dusting of bronzer—a requisite when your aesthetic centers on the assumption that the beach is always mere steps away—Emrata opted for a swirl of peachy blush. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Has a Surprising Trick to Achieve the Perfect Summer Glow," 27 June 2019 In forests, that may mean ensuring enough old, dead trees to house their requisite share of insect ecosystems. Anne Sverdrup-thygeson, WSJ, "The Bugs We Can’t Live Without," 20 June 2019

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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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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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