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Tuesday, August 26, 2003


\REK-wuh-zit\ , adjective;
Required by the nature of things or by circumstances; indispensable.
That which is required or necessary; something indispensable.
Those with the requisite talents made drawings and watercolors of the birds, the flowers, the untouched landscapes that unfolded before them.
-- Barbara Crossette, The Great Hill Stations of Asia
In this way, 2,156 buildings were laboriously hoisted, a quarter of an inch at a turn, until they reached the requisite height and new foundations could be built beneath them.
-- Cornelia Dean, Against the Tide
Rather than seeing mindfulness as a kind of talent, like artistic flair or musicality, he believes that everyone willing to make the requisite effort can attain it.
-- Winifred Gallagher, Working on God
Patience and an enquiring mind are absolute requisites for tracing family histories.
-- Mike Anderiesz, "Working the web: Genealogy", The Guardian, January 17, 2002
Requisite derives from Latin requisitus, past participle of requirere, "to require."
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