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desideratum

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noun de·sid·er·a·tum \di-ˌsi-də-ˈrä-təm, -ˌzi-, -ˈrā-\

Simple Definition of desideratum

  • : something that is needed or wanted

Full Definition of desideratum

plural de·sid·er·a·taplay play \-tə\

  1. :  something desired as essential

Examples of desideratum

  1. a list of political desiderata



Origin of desideratum

Latin, neuter of desideratus


First Known Use: 1652


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