[pri-rek-wuh-zit, pree-]


required beforehand: a prerequisite fund of knowledge.


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

Synonyms for prerequisite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pre-requisite

Contemporary Examples of pre-requisite

Historical Examples of pre-requisite

  • Uniformity of results from uniformity of conditions is a pre-requisite to sane thinking.

    Theism or Atheism

    Chapman Cohen

  • Faith is the pre-requisite of every successful accomplishment in life.


    Horace Fletcher

  • A congenial climate is a pre-requisite to social development.

  • To this activity a recognition of the essential nature of the soul is a pre-requisite.

  • In order to make studies out of doors, and to paint a small sketch, a very strongly developed feeling for form is a pre-requisite.

British Dictionary definitions for pre-requisite



required as a prior condition


something required as a prior condition
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Word Origin and History for pre-requisite


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper