desideratum [di sid′ə rät′əm, -zid′-; -rāt′-]
The definition of a desideratum is a wish or desire.
An example of a desideratum is a woman's want to be a mother.
desideratum definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. desiderata
something needed and wanted
Origin: Classical Latin neuter of desideratus: see desiderate
desideratum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. de·sid·er·a·ta
Something considered necessary or highly desirable: “The point is not that the artist has ‘penetrated the character’ of his sitter, that commonplace desideratum of portraiture” (Robert Hughes).
Origin: Latin dēsīderātum, from neuter past participle of dēsīderāre, to desire; see desire.