req·​ui·​site ˈre-kwə-zət How to pronounce requisite (audio)
: 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
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 the Latin verb quaerere, which means "to ask" or "to seek." That word is ancestor to 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 the Latin word requirere, which is requisitus, came to mean "needed" or "necessary." English 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 Business owners and CPAs must be on the same page regarding expenses/earnings to demonstrate requisite profits to pay back future payments. Richard Gusmano, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Mercedes is instead filling that space with all the requisite inverters and cabling to make the eSprinter go. Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 The custom frame and requisite batteries presented the Cartainers team with new considerations for international shipping regulations, so the boxes currently qualify as top-of-stack only—which may well be a plus for most buyers. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2024 The resolution had been expected to be discussed at the RNC’s winter meeting in Las Vegas next week, even though only two states have voted and the former president had nowhere near the requisite number of delegates to secure the nomination. Meg Kinnard. Jill Colvin and Thomas Beaumont, Chicago Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 As more companies find helpful applications and make the requisite investments, overall demand for GenAI services faces a serious constraint: the cost of using it. François Candelon, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 But what if the requisite crisis doesn’t emerge, or goes away? Amity Shlaes, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 Forget the big, open kitchens requisite in new homes these days. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 There was also precedent for the committee to declare a candidate the presumptive nominee before winning the 1,215 requisite delegates to clinch the nomination. Meg Kinnard,, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin requisitus, past participle of requirere

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of requisite was in the 15th century


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“Requisite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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req·​ui·​site ˈrek-wə-zət How to pronounce requisite (audio)
: needed for reaching a goal or achieving a purpose
requisite noun
requisiteness noun

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