AskDefine | Define prerequisite

Dictionary Definition

prerequisite adj : required as a prior condition or course of study n : something that is required in advance; "Latin was a prerequisite for admission" [syn: requirement]

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English

Pronunciation

  • pɹiˈɹɛkwɪzɪt
  • pri"rEkwIzIt

Adjective

  1. required as a prior condition of something else; necessary or indispensable

Noun

  1. Something that must be gained in order to gain something else
    Having a decent qualification is a prerequisite to getting a good job in marketing.
  2. In education, a course or topic that must be completed before another course or topic can be started. May be colloquially referred to as a prereq.
    Algebra is typically a prerequisite for physics.

Translations

Something that must be gained in order to gain something else
In education, a course or topic that must be completed before another course or topic can be started

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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