cri·te·ri·on [krahy-teer-ee-uhn]; plural cri·te·ri·a [-teer-ee-uh]
a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.
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WORDS RELATED TO CRITERION
touchstone, benchmark, principle, yardstick, precedent, norm, proof, foundation, scale, basis, pattern, original, canon, rule, standard, prototype, exemplar, measure, opinion, model
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measure, touchstone, yardstick. See standard.
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USAGE NOTE FOR CRITERION
Like some other nouns borrowed from the Greek, criterion has both a Greek plural, criteria, and a plural formed on the English pattern, criterions. The plural in -a occurs with far greater frequency than does the -s plural: These are the criteria for the selection of candidates. Although criteria is sometimes used as a singular, most often in speech and rather infrequently in edited prose, it continues strongly in use as a plural in standard English, with criterion as the singular.
Origin: First recorded in 1605–15; from Greek krit?rion “a standard,” equivalent to kri- variant stem of kri´nein “to separate, decide” + -terion neuter suffix of means (akin to Latin -torium -tory)
HOW TO USE CRITERION IN A SENTENCE
Not only that, he drew a polygon with the fewest possible sides that met these criteria.
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Those criteria are the product of decades of field studies, through which scientists have amassed a vast reference dataset of fossil structures, against which researchers can compare and evaluate any new discoveries.
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Data can help point us to places where policing practices look the most problematic by these criteria.
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