Definition of prerequisite in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈrekwəzət/


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
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  • Such experiments require at least two prerequisites.
  • 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.
(necessary) condition, precondition, essential, requirement, requisite, necessity, sine qua non
informal must


Required as a prior condition: the student must have the prerequisite skills
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  • A handful of states require prerequisite contact hours or extensive work histories.
  • These agencies already have the prerequisite technical and executional skills.
  • This was always the prerequisite act before a fight: you push your hat forward.
necessary, required, called for, essential, requisite, obligatory, compulsory

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Syllabification: pre·req·ui·site

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