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prerequisite

1630s (n.) "a thing or condition required beforehand," 1650s (adj.), "required beforehand, necessary as a condition of something following;" see pre- "before" + requisite. A verb prerequire "require beforehand" is attested from 1610s.

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Definitions of prerequisite
1
prerequisite (n.)
something that is required in advance;
Latin was a prerequisite for admission
Synonyms: requirement
2
prerequisite (adj.)
required as a prior condition or course of study;
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