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criterion Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
    measure; touchstone; standard.
    • the schools comply with federal standards
    • they set the measure for all subsequent work
  2. noun the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
    standard.
    • they live by the standards of their community
WordNet

Cri*te"ri*on noun
Etymology
Gr. a means for judging, fr. decider, judge, fr. to separate. See Certain.
Wordforms
plural Criteria (-), sometimes Criterions
Definitions
  1. A standard of judging; any approved or established rule or test, by which facts, principles opinions, and conduct are tried in forming a correct judgment respecting them.
    Of the diseases of the mind there is no criterion. Donne.
    Inferences founded on such enduring criteria. Sir G. C. Lewis.
    Syn. -- Standard; measure; rule.

Webster 1913


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