req·ui·site | \ˈre-kwə-zət \

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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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Getting There: Rottnest Island has the requisite ferries, including the Rottnest Fast Express, from Fremantle and Perth City, and the Rottnest Fast Ferries, from Hillary. Condé Nast Traveler, "Car-Free Destinations for Your Next Island Vacation," 1 June 2018 White Sox just might be that kind of team who would give him that opportunity without the requisite experience. Teddy Greenstein,, "Dan McNeil dishes on ’05 Sox, ’18 Cubs and what talk-radio hosts root for," 26 June 2018 Cardinals — Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: Arizona desperately needs a quarterback but doesn't presently seem to have the cap room to make a serious play for Cousins and probably lacks the requisite draft position to get one of the top prospects. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2018: Bengals-Bills trade, post-combine fallout shake up first round," 13 Mar. 2018 As a requisite, Black had to take an introductory physics course. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "In a bind, she brought her baby to school. Her professor held the child while he taught physics.," 9 May 2018 The 6-3, 221-pounder possesses all the requisite physical tools. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Could Sam Darnold be USC's best NFL quarterback? Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart optimistic," 23 Apr. 2018 In each of the seven cases, staff at the state Elections Bureau determined that the candidates lacked the requisite 1,000 valid signatures from people registered to vote and living in their districts required on nominating petitions. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "7 Michigan congressional candidates tossed from ballot," 1 June 2018 That means that the diamonds had to be formed toward the center of an object large enough to produce the requisite amount of pressure and heat. Deborah Netburn,, "One of the solar system’s early planets didn’t survive, but its diamonds are now on Earth," 17 Apr. 2018 There’s plenty of profanity, unexpected nudity played for laughs, a heaping helping of gross-out humor, and a requisite amount of heart and sweetness in the finale. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Cena Is Getting Closer to His Breakout Moment," 8 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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English Language Learners Definition of requisite

: needed for a particular purpose


req·ui·site | \ˈre-kwə-zət \

Kids Definition of requisite

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: 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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