criterion [ krahy-teer-ee-uhn ] (previously 06-07-13)
noun, plural cri·te·ri·a [krahy-teer-ee-uh], cri·te·ri·ons.
1. a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.
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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.
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 only infrequently in edited prose, in standard English, it is more clearly used as a plural with criterion as the singular.
Origin: 1605–15; < Greek kritḗrion a standard, equivalent to kri- variant stem of krī́nein to separate, decide + -tērion neuter suffix of means (akin to Latin -tōrium -tory)
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