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adjective | REK-wuh-zut
What It Means
Requisite is a synonym of necessary and essential that describes something needed for a particular purpose.
// It’s clear from her application materials that Leona has the requisite knowledge and experience for the job.
Examples of REQUISITE
“On the eve of their own wedding, David presented Kavi with three custom fragrances in a series of ornate vintage vessels: one unique scent for each day of their traditional Indian ceremony. Naturally, the couple went on to launch his-and-her scents inspired by these sentimental creations: D.S. for David, with notes like sandalwood, saffron, and rose; Durga for Kavi, the requisite orange blossom mingling with tuberose and orris butter.” — Ivana Rihter, Vanity Fair, 18 Aug. 2023
Did You Know?
Acquiring an understanding of where requisite comes from won’t require a formal inquiry. Without question, the quest begins with the Latin verb quaerere, which means “to ask” or “to seek.” That word is ancestor to a number of English words, including acquire, require, inquiry, question, quest, and, of course, requisite. From quaerere came requirere, meaning “to ask again.” Repeated requests can express a need, and the past participle of the Latin word requirere, which is requisitus, came to mean “needed” or “necessary.” English acquired requisite when it was adopted into Middle English back in the 1400s.