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prerequisite

[pri-rek-wuh-zit, pree-] /prɪˈrɛk wə zɪt, pri-/
adjective
1.
required beforehand:
a prerequisite fund of knowledge.
noun
2.
something prerequisite:
A visa is still a prerequisite for travel in many countries.
Origin of prerequisite
1625-1635
1625-35; pre- + requisite
Can be confused
perquisite, prerequisite.
Synonyms
2. requirement, requisite, essential, precondition.
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  • The first prerequisite for a normal mental life is the acceptance of all biological facts.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • This course would be prerequisite for all subsequent courses in practice.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Registration at Stationers' Hall, at a cost of one shilling, has been a prerequisite to protection.

    Copyright: Its History and Its Law Richard Rogers Bowker
  • Moreover, is it a prerequisite for understanding the present?

  • Membership is either a prerequisite for admission to higher educational institutions or makes admission much easier.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for prerequisite

prerequisite

/priːˈrɛkwɪzɪt/
adjective
1.
required as a prior condition
noun
2.
something required as a prior condition
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Word Origin and History for prerequisite

1630s (n.) "something required beforehand," 1650s (adj.), "required beforehand," both from pre- + requisite.

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