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Something that is needed or wanted:‘integrity was a desideratum’
requirement, prerequisite, need, indispensable thing, desired thing, needed thing, essential, requisite, necessarylack, want, missing thingdream, ideal, hope, wishsine qua nonView synonyms
- ‘A global world is a place where, for once, the desideratum of moral responsibility and survival coincide and blend.’
- ‘Our ships should be the best of their kind - this is the first desideratum.’
- ‘Although taxonomic stability may be a desideratum, in reality taxonomic stability is a manifestation of scientific stagnation.’
- ‘The early presidents, it seems, were all devotees of Scripture who deemed the Bible a desideratum for both governor and governed.’
- ‘With no social contract (the desideratum of the advocates of the social), there can be no social relations, and therefore no social.’
- ‘While these are the essential requirements, certain additional desiderata should perhaps be recorded.’
- ‘Well, you know, these are among the desiderata, the telltales, of great art in any culture!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For small companies, where centralized management is not a desideratum, this solution may be feasible.’
- ‘Variety and abundance were desiderata and restrained components of animals, buildings, landscape, etc. should therefore be included.’
- ‘The concept that has replaced efficiency as the great desideratum in genetic coding is error-tolerance, or robustness.’
- ‘There are many desiderata of a successful privatization process, not all of which are compatible.’
- ‘In principle that does seem to be the ideal solution to reach the twin desiderata in health care: cost control and clinical freedom for providers.’
- ‘The full desiderata of resort luxury is here, including huge seafront grounds private villas and fine dining - not to mention a spa where the healing hands are exceptional.’
- ‘In his view, avoiding ‘social dissension’ is more than a policy desideratum or a prudent aspiration.’
- ‘This was the great desideratum of the machine as first brought over to this country and shown in Hyde Park; nor have our implement makers, though they introduce some important improvements, succeeded in supplying the want this indicated.’
- ‘In the arena of sex, ‘virtuousness’ for women but ‘virtuosity’ for men have always been the desiderata.’
- ‘Conversely, once cultural exposure is established as an urgent desideratum, can areas of inquiry like biblical criticism continue to be viewed as off limits?’
- ‘Those bedrooms, while not obvious desiderata for a family of three, should bring the asking price up to half a million dollars.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, something desired, neuter past participle of desiderare (see desiderate).
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