[ri-kwahyuh r-muh nt]
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  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

First recorded in 1520–30; require + -ment
Related formsnon·re·quire·ment, nounpre·re·quire·ment, nounsu·per·re·quire·ment, noun

Synonyms for requirement

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

Examples from the Web for requirement

Contemporary Examples of requirement

Historical Examples of requirement

  • The rashness of such a requirement and statement can escape no one.

  • "There is one requirement that Joro insists on," Sira said in a low voice.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • I shouldn't say that shooting a defenseless man answers that requirement.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • The economists have not been active in urging their subject as a requirement.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • It is an advantage in that it can be adapted to almost any requirement.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

British Dictionary definitions for requirement


  1. something demanded or imposed as an obligationLatin 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 requirement

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with requirement


see meet the requirements.

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