desideratum
[ dih-sid-uh-rey-tuhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Latin from Latin, ‘something desired’
Synonyms
  • essential
  • fundamental
  • obligation
  • precondition
  • prerequisite
  • requirement
  • urgency
Antonyms
  • auxiliary
  • extra
  • trivia
  • desire
Definition
something wanted or needed
Example
Water is an essential desideratum for anyone spending time at high altitude.
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