requisition

noun req·ui·si·tion \ ˌre-kwə-ˈzi-shən \

Definition of requisition

1 a :the act of formally requiring or calling upon someone to perform an action
b :a formal demand made by one nation upon another for the surrender or extradition of a fugitive from justice
2 a :the act of requiring something to be furnished
b :a demand or application made usually with authority: such as
(1) :a demand made by military authorities upon civilians for supplies or other needs
(2) :a written request for something authorized but not made available automatically
3 :the state of being in demand or use

requisition

transitive verb

Examples of requisition in a Sentence

  1. a brand-new, top-notch computer was the new science teacher's first requisition

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Did You Know?

Requisition was originally a noun but is now probably more common as a verb. So we either can speak of sending our office's purchasing department a requisition for computers, or of requisitioning more computers from the department. The word has an official sound to it. However, one of Hollywood's bittersweet love stories begins when Omar Sharif, playing a World War II freedom fighter, says to Ingrid Bergman, who is the owner of a stately old yellow Rolls Royce, "I've come to requisition your car".

Origin and Etymology of requisition

Middle English requisicion, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French requisition, from Medieval Latin requisition-, requisitio, from Latin, act of searching, from requirere


Law Dictionary

requisition

noun req·ui·si·tion \ ˌre-kwə-ˈzi-shən \

legal Definition of requisition

1 :the taking of property by a public authority for a public use :the exercise of the power of eminent domain
2 :a formal demand made by one international jurisdiction (as a nation) upon another for the surrender or extradition of a fugitive from justice in accordance with an extradition treaty


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