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requirement

[ri-kwahyuh r-muh nt] /rɪˈkwaɪər mənt/
noun
1.
that which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory:
One of the requirements of the job is accuracy.
2.
an act or instance of requiring.
3.
a need or necessity:
to meet the requirements of daily life.
Origin of requirement
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; require + -ment
Related forms
nonrequirement, noun
prerequirement, noun
superrequirement, noun
Synonyms
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.
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  • (a) What are the requirements for satisfactory types of jars?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • They separated into groups according to the requirements of the songs they wished to sing.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The one was the man he was himself, and the other the one he had created for the requirements of his profession.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But he gave up this plan at once when he discovered what my requirements were.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Men are not equal, either in their faculties or in their requirements.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for requirements

requirement

/rɪˈkwaɪəmənt/
noun
1.
something demanded or imposed as an obligation: Latin is no longer a requirement for entry to university
2.
a thing desired or needed
3.
the act or an instance of requiring
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Word Origin and History for requirements

requirement

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with requirements

requirement

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