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’
    • ‘Such experiments require at least two prerequisites.’
    • ‘Admission will require a bachelor's degree in another field and science prerequisites.’
    • ‘He strongly feels that songs and dances are the essential prerequisites of any Hindi film.’
    • ‘There simply did not exist within Russia the objective economic prerequisites for so radical a transformation.’
    • ‘The decision-making process must comply with these prerequisites to result in a decisive policy.’
    • ‘Major issues appear to be the number of credits required, courses offered, and prerequisites.’
    • ‘A secure job and a reliable partner who is also good parent material are considered essential prerequisites.’
    • ‘She also has one of the essential prerequisites for the role - a big set of lungs.’
    • ‘These tests are the necessary economic prerequisites for membership of a successful currency union.’
    • ‘All three prerequisites must coincide for an injunction to be appropriate.’
    • ‘The arguments for demanding formalities or other prerequisites to create contractual relations where none existed before are strong.’
    • ‘However, those nations must be prepared and there are prerequisites necessary to realizing this potential.’
    • ‘In some instances there may be certain prerequisites that must be accomplished prior to submitting an entry.’
    • ‘Yet, one of the basic prerequisites for management is to know both the limits of the organization and of oneself.’
    • ‘He is trying to stabilize the situation and to create prerequisites for the continuation of the democratic process.’
    • ‘The program might be full or the student may not have the necessary prerequisites.’
    • ‘These requirements are sometimes referred as functional prerequisites.’
    • ‘There are certain parameters and prerequisites that must be followed and met before the humor can even begin to work.’
    • ‘These basic prerequisites for conducting high quality research into complementary medicine would not have been in place several years ago.’
    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.’
    • ‘This will happen on occasion but only after you have reached a prerequisite level.’
    • ‘Her voice is adequate, if not remarkable, and all the prerequisite beats are in place.’
    • ‘A handful of states require prerequisite contact hours or extensive work histories.’
    • ‘All the prerequisite formalities were smoothly dealt with and battle was joined!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not sure that Andrew, who doesn't have the prerequisite surname at the end of his name, is actually a real person.’
    • ‘He didn't allow the man to have his prerequisite two cups of coffee after waking up.’
    • ‘These agencies already have the prerequisite technical and executional skills.’
    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

/priˈrɛkwəzət//prēˈrekwəzət/