1. something requisite; a necessary quality, thing, etc.

Origin of requisite

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin requīsītus past participle of requīrere to seek; see require, -ite2
Related formsreq·ui·site·ly, adverbreq·ui·site·ness, nounnon·req·ui·site, adjective, nounnon·req·ui·site·ly, adverbnon·req·ui·site·ness, nounun·req·ui·site, adjectiveun·req·ui·site·ly, adverbun·req·ui·site·ness, noun

Synonyms for requisite

1. needed, needful. See necessary. 2. necessity. See requirement.

Antonyms for requisite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-requisite


  1. absolutely essential; indispensable
  1. something indispensable; necessity
Derived Formsrequisitely, adverbrequisiteness, noun

Word Origin for requisite

C15: from Latin requisītus sought after, from requīrere to seek for, require
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Word Origin and History for non-requisite



mid-15c., from Latin requisitus, past participle of requirere (see require). As a noun from c.1600.

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