Definition of desideratum in English:

desideratum

noun

  • Something that is needed or wanted.

    ‘integrity was a desideratum’
    • ‘With no social contract (the desideratum of the advocates of the social), there can be no social relations, and therefore no social.’
    • ‘Well, you know, these are among the desiderata, the telltales, of great art in any culture!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For small companies, where centralized management is not a desideratum, this solution may be feasible.’
    • ‘Although taxonomic stability may be a desideratum, in reality taxonomic stability is a manifestation of scientific stagnation.’
    • ‘The concept that has replaced efficiency as the great desideratum in genetic coding is error-tolerance, or robustness.’
    • ‘The early presidents, it seems, were all devotees of Scripture who deemed the Bible a desideratum for both governor and governed.’
    • ‘There are many desiderata of a successful privatization process, not all of which are compatible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While these are the essential requirements, certain additional desiderata should perhaps be recorded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conversely, once cultural exposure is established as an urgent desideratum, can areas of inquiry like biblical criticism continue to be viewed as off limits?’
    • ‘A global world is a place where, for once, the desideratum of moral responsibility and survival coincide and blend.’
    • ‘In his view, avoiding ‘social dissension’ is more than a policy desideratum or a prudent aspiration.’
    • ‘Our ships should be the best of their kind - this is the first desideratum.’
    • ‘It enshrines the essential desideratum of popular criticism - it only criticizes other people.’
    • ‘Variety and abundance were desiderata and restrained components of animals, buildings, landscape, etc. should therefore be included.’
    • ‘In the arena of sex, ‘virtuousness’ for women but ‘virtuosity’ for men have always been the desiderata.’
    • ‘Those bedrooms, while not obvious desiderata for a family of three, should bring the asking price up to half a million dollars.’
    • ‘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.’
    requirement, prerequisite, need, indispensable thing, desired thing, needed thing, essential, requisite, necessary
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

desideratum

/dəˌzɪdəˈrɑdəm//dəˌzidəˈrädəm/