noun (plural desiderata /-tə/)
Something that is needed or wanted: integrity was a desideratum
More example sentences
- 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.
mid 17th century: from Latin, 'something desired', neuter past participle of desiderare (see desiderate).