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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 As Carlson said this week, confidence is everything at this level because all players at his position have the requisite leg strength to be good. Tom Green |, al, "What we learned from Auburn’s final week of fall camp," 19 Sep. 2020 Children learn to keep a secret about age 6 or 7, for example, and learning the requisite skills of deception is a part of typical development, the beginnings of a psychological identity. Benedict Carey New York Times, Star Tribune, "Lying comes in several flavors, and researchers work on the how and why," 17 Sep. 2020 That concentration in just a handful of staff failed to draw the requisite attention, according to the person. Andrea Tan,, "Adelson’s Singapore Casino Hires Law Firm to Probe $1 Billion in Transfers," 16 Sep. 2020 Requiring students to use video during class makes assumptions about the ability or students or their families to pay for the requisite technology. Tabitha Moses, CNN, "Online classes: 5 reasons students benefit from 'cameras off'," 16 Sep. 2020 True, the odds that the average Joe would learn the requisite Chaum-Pedersen protocols were slim. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 The first thing that jumps out to you is just how big this desk is, even after doing the requisite measurements. Corey Gaskin And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate buying guide for your home office setup," 11 Sep. 2020 For about a half-hour early Sunday, requisite masks and social distancing were nowhere in sight on board New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus #7239., "Florida sheriff bans deputies, visitors from wearing masks," 12 Aug. 2020 New this year are the requisite masks, plus too-many-to-name things kids can wear to (online) school, like girls’ tie-dye dresses and leggings. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "6 stores at Southlake Town Square to shop at during tax-free weekend," 6 Aug. 2020

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

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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Requisite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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