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Want

The absence or deficiency of what is needed or desired.

Want of jurisdiction, for example, is a lack of authority to exercise in a particular manner a power possessed by a tribunal or board.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Ef yer wanter marry me, yer gotter come cotin' me fust, fetch me candy, ribbins and flowers, and take me buggy ridin', an' yer got ter talk purtern you eber did in all yo' born days.
"Well, I wanter to be a physician astranaut, but I'm not going to get to do that," she says.
His constant ingestion of "yellowish-white" clay, according to the tale, has turned his coal black skin into a "clay-cullud hide," a transformation that denotes Ben's emerging economic status as a man whom "nobody didn' 'pear ter wanter own," and which also spells his doom (153).
They cited changing fads, shorter concentration spans and a consumer culture of "wanters" as the main reasons.