Definition of desideratum in English:


Syllabification: de·sid·er·a·tum
Pronunciation: /diˌsidəˈrätəm, -ˈrātəm, -ˌzidə-

noun (plural desiderata /-tə/)

  • Something that is needed or wanted: integrity was a desideratum
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    • As no longer an order imposed by nature, it is clear that subjective freedom is an essential desideratum: the relation of marriage must of all things be between self-consciously free individuals.
    • It enshrines the essential desideratum of popular criticism - it only criticizes other people.
    • While these are the essential requirements, certain additional desiderata should perhaps be recorded.
    requirement, prerequisite, need, indispensable thing, sine qua non, essential, requisite, necessary


mid 17th century: from Latin, 'something desired', neuter past participle of desiderare (see desiderate).

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