criterion

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin criterion, from Ancient Greek κριτήριον (kriterion, a test, a means of judging), from κριτής (krites, a judge), from κρίνω (krinō, I judge); see critic.

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  • IPA(key): /kɹaɪˈtɪəɹiən/, /kɹɪˈtɪəɹiən/
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Noun[edit]

criterion (plural criteria)

  1. A standard or test by which individual things or people may be compared and judged.
    • 2013 November 30, Paul Davis, “Letters: Say it as simply as possible”, The Economist, volume 409, number 8864: 
      Congratulations on managing to use the phrase “preponderant criterion” in a chart (“On your marks”, November 9th). Was this the work of a kakorrhaphiophobic journalist set a challenge by his colleagues, or simply an example of glossolalia?

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  • The plural form criterions also exists, but is much less common.
  • The form criteria is sometimes used as a nonstandard singular form (as in a criteria, this criteria, and so on), with corresponding plural form criterias. In this use, it sometimes means “a single criterion”, sometimes “a set of criteria”.

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Noun[edit]

criterion n (genitive criteriī); second declension

  1. criterion

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter, Greek type.

Number Singular Plural
nominative criterion criteria
genitive criteriī criteriōrum
dative criteriō criteriīs
accusative criterion criteria
ablative criteriō criteriīs
vocative criterion criteria

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