- a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.
Origin of criterion
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Examples from the Web for criteria
These decisions and criteria are referred to as “appropriateness.”Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?
September 17, 2014
Some medical experts also argue that some of the criteria do not reflect the true nature of disease and suffering.
And while most states have compassionate release programs, the rules and criteria for each are different.
An avowed creationist who consults for a food lobby hardly seems an appropriate choice to fulfill these criteria.The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet
Dr. Barbara H. Roberts
May 22, 2014
Does campaigning for others who are actual merchants have to itself meet their criteria?Sex Workers Deserve Health Care, Too
May 20, 2014
There are three criteria of goodness—beauty, symmetry, truth.Philebus
It concerns in part the criteria of valuation in the field of the social life.The Psychology of Nations
The grounds for rejecting the criteria of the Roman law have been shown above.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
These, it is said, are the criteria of progress; all else is misleading.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
The main technique is study and constant reexamination of criteria.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
- a standard by which something can be judged or decided
- philosophy a defining characteristic of something
Word Origin and History for criteria
1620s, plural of criterion (q.v.).
1660s, from Latinized form of Greek kriterion "means for judging, standard," from krites "judge," from PIE root *krei- (see crisis). Used in English as a Greek word from 1610s.