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desideratum Line breaks: de¦sid|er|atum
Pronunciation: /dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm/
/dɪˌzɪdəˈreɪtəm/ /dɪˌsɪdəˈrɑːtəm/

Definition of desideratum in English:

noun (plural desiderata dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtədɪˌsɪdəˈrɑːtə)

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, desired thing, needed thing, essential, requisite, necessary;
lack, want, missing thing;
dream, ideal, hope, wish;


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

Words that rhyme with desideratum

erratum, post-partum, stratum
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