[ri-kwahyuh r-muh nt]


that which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory: One of the requirements of the job is accuracy.
an act or instance of requiring.
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

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. 2019

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



something demanded or imposed as an obligationLatin is no longer a requirement for entry to university
a thing desired or needed
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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