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crit
Criteria
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Criterion definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CRITERION, n. plu. [Gr., to judge. See Crime.] A standard of judging; any established law, rule, principle or fact, by which facts, propositions and opinions are compared, in order to discover their truth or falsehood, or by which a correct judgment may be formed.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work" [syn: standard, criterion, measure, touchstone]
2: the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; "they live by the standards of their community" [syn: criterion, standard]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural criteria; also -rions) Etymology: Greek krit?rion, from krinein to judge, decide more at certain Date: 1622 1. a standard on which a judgment or decision may be based 2. a characterizing mark or trait Synonyms: see standard Usage: The plural criteria has been used as a singular for over half a century <let me now return to the third criteria R. M. Nixon> <that really is the criteria Bert Lance>. Many of our examples, like the two foregoing, are taken from speech. But singular criteria is not uncommon in edited prose, and its use both in speech and writing seems to be increasing. Only time will tell whether it will reach the unquestioned acceptability of agenda.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. criteria) a principle or standard that a thing is judged by. Derivatives: criterial adj. Etymology: Gk kriterion means of judging (cf. CRITIC)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Criterion Cri*te"ri*on (kr?-t?"r?-?n), n.; pl. Criteria (-?), sometimes Criterions (-?nz). [Gr. ????? a means for judging, fr. ???? decider, judge, fr. ????? to separate. See Certain.] 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(criteria) A criterion is a factor on which you judge or decide something. The most important criterion for entry is that applicants must design and make their own work... N-COUNT: oft N for n/-ing

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Standard, test, touchstone, measure, rule, canon.

Moby Thesaurus

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