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[ri-kwahyuh r-muh nt] /rɪˈkwaɪər mənt/
that which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory:
One of the requirements of the job is accuracy.
an act or instance of requiring.
a need or necessity:
to meet the requirements of daily life.
Origin of requirement
1520-30; require + -ment
Related forms
nonrequirement, noun
prerequirement, noun
superrequirement, noun
1. Requirement, requisite refer to that which is necessary. A requirement is some quality or performance demanded of a person in accordance with certain fixed regulations: requirements for admission to college. A requisite is not imposed from outside; it is a factor which is judged necessary according to the nature of things, or to the circumstances of the case: Efficiency is a requisite for success in business. Requisite may also refer to a concrete object judged necessary: the requisites for perfect grooming. 2. order, command, injunction, directive, demand, claim. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for requirement
  • The insurance industry, in particular, has been fighting the requirement.
  • We used to live near a gas station and they repeatedly violated to requirement to use the vapor recovery system.
  • The right stuff may be a critical requirement for astronauts.
  • In mild-winter areas, choose those with a low chill requirement.
  • The requirement would not apply to school buses and may not apply to used buses.
  • But eliminating the requirement did not appreciably reduce the waiting time or the failure rate, officials said.
  • While a solid background in electronics is helpful, it's not always an absolute requirement.
  • At our school, being a full professor is a requirement for eventually having emeritus professor status when you retire.
  • The addition of more complex power cycles would reduce this requirement and help enable frost free operation.
  • Another requirement was having the wall double as seating space so they, and guests, could observe the tortoise in comfort.
British Dictionary definitions for requirement


something demanded or imposed as an obligation: Latin is no longer a requirement for entry to university
a thing desired or needed
the act or an instance of requiring
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Word Origin and History for requirement

1520s, "request, requisition," from require + -ment. Meaning "things required, a need" is from 1660s. Meaning "that which must be accomplished, necessary condition" is from 1841. Related: Requirements.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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