- a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.
Origin of criterion
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Related Wordstouchstone, benchmark, principle, yardstick, precedent, norm, proof, foundation, scale, basis, pattern, original, canon, rule, standard, prototype, exemplar, measure, opinion, model
Examples from the Web for criterion
There was never any one criterion for how every trombone or tenor saxophone or singer should sound.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
According to this criterion, Arab citizens, affiliated with the Palestinian people, inevitably lose out.How Israel’s Arab Citizens Vote
December 27, 2012
He lost on just one criterion, by a landslide 81 points to 18.'Does He Care About People Like Me?'
November 12, 2012
Remember, the criterion is military incompetence: Benedict Arnold and Robert E. Lee were bad Americans, but not bad generals.America's Worst Generals, Ctd.
October 22, 2012
But we have a criterion called ‘visibility,’ which is how visible they are to their families.‘Outed’ by the Military, Some Gays Fleeing Iran
Omid Memarian, Roxana Saberi
July 28, 2012
And the criterion which he proposes is difference in the working of the faculties.
Why, because he distinguishes the face of a friend and of an enemy only by the criterion of knowing and not knowing.
These will be the criterion of the comparative claims of pleasure and wisdom.Philebus
Art and morality agree in rejecting pleasure as the criterion of good.Laws
Education the criterion of the right of suffrage, not property.
- a standard by which something can be judged or decided
- philosophy a defining characteristic of something
Word Origin and History for criterion
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.