prerequisite

[pri-rek-wuh-zit, pree-]
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:
1625–35; pre- + requisite

perquisite, prerequisite.


2. requirement, requisite, essential, precondition.
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prerequisite (priːˈrɛkwɪzɪt)
 
adj
1.  required as a prior condition
 
n
2.  something required as a prior condition

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prerequisite
1633 (n.), 1651 (adj.), "required beforehand," from pre- + requisite (q.v.).
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Example sentences
These attributes are usually thought to be prerequisites for migration.
If you have all necessary prerequisites and understand everything you hear each
  week, you cheated yourself.
The curriculum could be structured better, with more capstone courses in the
  third year building on second-year prerequisites.
Many of the courses that the students transfer in are prerequisites for more
  advanced courses.
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