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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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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 pre-requisite

prerequisite

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

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