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Something like deserdia but google turns up nothing, means list of desired characteristics.

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    Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests
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    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 18:28
  • It appears that she knows of the word, seems to realize that it would meet her needs if she knew how to spell it, but has only a very vague idea of how it's spelled. She's already decided what she wants; she's just looking for spelling. If we have a spelling tag that would be more appropriate here, I think. Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 18:57
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    I'm not sure why there's so much fussing about my question. It was straightforward and I got my answer from @MattGutting. Thank you.
    – Linda H
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 20:31

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I think you mean desiderata, singular desideratum:

something desired as essential

(Merriam-Webster)

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  • As I said: "I think you mean desiderata". Merriam-Webster only gives the definition in the singular. Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 18:58
  • Missed the unred part; sorry. Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 18:59
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Desiderata, Latin for "desired things", and the title of a famous poem that begins "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence..."

n .pl Desiderata (sing. Desideratum):

  • 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).

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary.

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