In French law: a formal charge made against an accused person by a public prosecutor, in which a demand is made for a specific punishment. Also in extended use: an accusatory tract or discourse.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Aikin (1747–1822), physician and writer. From French réquisitoire request, demand, accusatory discourse, use as noun of réquisitoire requisitory.
1Of an official document: that expresses or conveys a request or demand. Frequently as postpositive, especially in "letter requisitory".
2 rare Capable of making a requisition.
Late Middle English. Originally from Anglo-Norman requisitorie from classical Latin requisit-, past participial stem of requīrere + Anglo-Norman -orie.