Definition of prerequisite in US English:

prerequisite

noun

  • A thing that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen or exist.

    ‘sponsorship is not a prerequisite for any of our courses’
    • ‘These requirements are sometimes referred as functional prerequisites.’
    • ‘Admission will require a bachelor's degree in another field and science prerequisites.’
    • ‘There are certain parameters and prerequisites that must be followed and met before the humor can even begin to work.’
    • ‘Yet, one of the basic prerequisites for management is to know both the limits of the organization and of oneself.’
    • ‘These basic prerequisites for conducting high quality research into complementary medicine would not have been in place several years ago.’
    • ‘The decision-making process must comply with these prerequisites to result in a decisive policy.’
    • ‘He is trying to stabilize the situation and to create prerequisites for the continuation of the democratic process.’
    • ‘However, those nations must be prepared and there are prerequisites necessary to realizing this potential.’
    • ‘All three prerequisites must coincide for an injunction to be appropriate.’
    • ‘A secure job and a reliable partner who is also good parent material are considered essential prerequisites.’
    • ‘The program might be full or the student may not have the necessary prerequisites.’
    • ‘Such experiments require at least two prerequisites.’
    • ‘He strongly feels that songs and dances are the essential prerequisites of any Hindi film.’
    • ‘Major issues appear to be the number of credits required, courses offered, and prerequisites.’
    • ‘These tests are the necessary economic prerequisites for membership of a successful currency union.’
    • ‘She also has one of the essential prerequisites for the role - a big set of lungs.’
    • ‘There simply did not exist within Russia the objective economic prerequisites for so radical a transformation.’
    • ‘In some instances there may be certain prerequisites that must be accomplished prior to submitting an entry.’
    • ‘The arguments for demanding formalities or other prerequisites to create contractual relations where none existed before are strong.’
    necessary condition, precondition, condition, essential, requirement, requisite, necessity, proviso, qualification, imperative, basic, rudiment, obligation, duty
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adjective

  • Required as a prior condition.

    ‘the student must have the prerequisite skills’
    • ‘I thought how many would actually go through with it if this was the prerequisite event.’
    • ‘These agencies already have the prerequisite technical and executional skills.’
    • ‘I'm not sure that Andrew, who doesn't have the prerequisite surname at the end of his name, is actually a real person.’
    • ‘All the prerequisite formalities were smoothly dealt with and battle was joined!’
    • ‘A handful of states require prerequisite contact hours or extensive work histories.’
    • ‘Her voice is adequate, if not remarkable, and all the prerequisite beats are in place.’
    • ‘This was always the prerequisite act before a fight: you push your hat forward.’
    • ‘Pupils then will have the prerequisite experiences to write the same kind of poem.’
    • ‘He didn't allow the man to have his prerequisite two cups of coffee after waking up.’
    • ‘This will happen on occasion but only after you have reached a prerequisite level.’
    necessary, needed, required, called for, essential, requisite, vital, basic, of the essence, indispensable, imperative, obligatory, mandatory, compulsory
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Usage

See perquisite

Pronunciation

prerequisite

/prēˈrekwəzət//priˈrɛkwəzət/