desideratum

[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuhm, -rah-, -zid-]

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre; see desiderate

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desiderata

[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-]
plural noun, singular desideratum.
things wanted or needed; the plural of desideratum: “Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation; to whom “fat chance” say those of us who are older, wiser, and more curmudgeonly. essentials, necessities, requisites, sine qua nons.
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desiderata (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtə)
 
n
the plural of desideratum

desideratum (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm)
 
n , pl -ta
something lacked and wanted
 
[C17: from Latin; see desiderate]

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desiderata
pl. of desideratum (1650s), from L., lit. "something for which desire is felt," from pp. stem of desiderare "to long for" (see desire).

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Example sentences
In his preface he used the word desideratum-he was creating something he felt was required or desired.
The successful application of steam power to farm work, is a
  desideratum--especially a steam plow.
National interest still is the defining desideratum in the nation's foreign and
  defense policy.
So forecasters do not operate in an ivory-tower environment in which truth is
  the only desideratum.
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