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prerequisite

[pri-rek-wuh-zit, pree-]
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adjective
  1. required beforehand: a prerequisite fund of knowledge.
noun
  1. something prerequisite: A visa is still a prerequisite for travel in many countries.

Origin of prerequisite

First recorded in 1625–35; pre- + requisite
Can be confusedperquisite prerequisite

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2. requirement, requisite, essential, precondition.
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prerequisite

adjective
  1. required as a prior condition
noun
  1. something required as a prior condition
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Word Origin and History for prerequisite

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

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