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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In Medvedev, Nadal faced one of the few players with the requisite defensive skills and physical endurance to transform any match into an endless baseline slugfest. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Rafael Nadal Takes Another Step Toward Tennis History," 9 Sep. 2019 Here Ahmari’s eyes crinkled with the requisite disgust. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Right Wing’s Cultural Civil War Is a Drag," 9 Sep. 2019 The statistical information does not constitute the requisite ‘stark evidence leading to the inescapable conclusion’ that the City Defendants acted with the intent to discriminate against Plaintiffs based on their race,’’ Acosta wrote. oregonlive, "Judge throws out Fontaine Bleau’s discrimination suit against city of Portland, state liquor control commission," 6 Sep. 2019 The shumai, steamed pork and shrimp dumplings, each topped by a single bright goji berry, are worth repeat-ordering and requisite Instagramming. Daily Pilot, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 6 Sep. 2019 The stage show, directed by Public Works founder Lear deBessonet, follows the framework of the Disney film, with the requisite film-to-stage additions and tweaks (there are new songs, but no flying Pegasus sidekick to be found). Jessica Derschowitz,, "Hercules musical is a stage adaptation filled with heroics and heart," 2 Sep. 2019 There are versions that include coconut milk and those that do not; vegan versions that omit the shrimp paste; the requisite tartness is added to the sauce with lime juice or with tamarind paste, as Pisha-Duffly does. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: Indonesian gado-gado a gateway salad," 30 Aug. 2019 Based on some of these uncertified polls, Gabbard has the requisite 2% of support to make the debate stage. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US presidential race just got a lot more real," 29 Aug. 2019 The requisite escargot did not taste fishy or rubbery - a nice buttery light nosh with garlic. Marc Bona,, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 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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concealment of treason or felony

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