Definition of desideratum in English:



  • Something that is needed or wanted.

    ‘integrity was a desideratum’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For small companies, where centralized management is not a desideratum, this solution may be feasible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The concept that has replaced efficiency as the great desideratum in genetic coding is error-tolerance, or robustness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It enshrines the essential desideratum of popular criticism - it only criticizes other people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A global world is a place where, for once, the desideratum of moral responsibility and survival coincide and blend.’
    • ‘With no social contract (the desideratum of the advocates of the social), there can be no social relations, and therefore no social.’
    • ‘Our ships should be the best of their kind - this is the first desideratum.’
    • ‘Those bedrooms, while not obvious desiderata for a family of three, should bring the asking price up to half a million dollars.’
    • ‘There are many desiderata of a successful privatization process, not all of which are compatible.’
    • ‘While these are the essential requirements, certain additional desiderata should perhaps be recorded.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Well, you know, these are among the desiderata, the telltales, of great art in any culture!’
    • ‘In his view, avoiding ‘social dissension’ is more than a policy desideratum or a prudent aspiration.’
    • ‘Variety and abundance were desiderata and restrained components of animals, buildings, landscape, etc. should therefore be included.’
    requirement, prerequisite, need, indispensable thing, desired thing, needed thing, essential, requisite, necessary
    lack, want, missing thing
    dream, ideal, hope, wish
    sine qua non
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Mid 17th century: from Latin, something desired, neuter past participle of desiderare (see desiderate).