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desideratum

[ dih-sid-uh-rey-tuhm, -rah-, -zid- ]
/ dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ təm, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd- /
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noun, plural de·sid·er·a·ta [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-]. /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/.
something wanted or needed.
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Origin of desideratum

1645–55; <Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre;see desiderate
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British Dictionary definitions for desideratum

desideratum
/ (dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtəm) /

noun plural -ta (-tə)
something lacked and wanted

Word Origin for desideratum

C17: from Latin; see desiderate
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