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  1. Examples of the use of criteria as the plural of criterion:
    • 1855: J. M. D. Meiklejohn, author of the English translation of Immanuel Kant's German Critique of Pure Reason, editorial footnote on page 22
      For the said rules or criteria are, in respect to their chief sources, merely empirical, consequently never can serve as determinate laws à priori, […]
    • 1889: the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, volume XLV, published by the Royal Society (Great Britain)
      […] in which the liquid forming the spheroid is supposed perfect, the criteria are entirely different from the conditions of secular stability obtained by […]
    • 1934: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science, p570
      It is obviously essential to specify just what criteria are employed when we compare different organisms or when we compare an organism at one time with […]
    • 1990: U. S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment; Linda Starke, ed, Confused minds, burdened families: finding help for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias
      The resulting criteria are extremely complex.
    • 1995: Wayne S. Davis & Thomas P. Simon, Biological Assessment and Criteria: Tools for Water Resource Planning and Decision Making, p3
      Least-impacted regional reference conditions form the basis for developing regional biological goals, or biological criteria. Biological criteria are “numeric values or narrative expressions that describes the reference [least-impacted] biological integrity of aquatic communities inhabiting waters of a given designated aquatic life use” (USEPA 1990a).
    • 1997: Abdelkader Hameurlain, A Min Tjoa, eds, Database and Expert Systems Applications: 8th International Conference, Dexa ‛97
      […] the combination where all optional criteria are selected is denoted […]
    • 1999: William S. Pollack, Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood
      Such criteria are not designed specifically for children and are based on a narrow model.
    • 2005: The Transit Coöperative Research Program of the Transit Development Corporation, Track-Related Research, p1
      These criteria were developed based on computer simulations of single wheelsets, and representative transit vehicles. The resulting criteria are shown to be dependent on wheel/rail contact angle, wheel/rail friction coefficient, flange length, and wheelset angle of attack (AOA).
    • 2006: Russell A. Barkley, Kevin R. Murphy, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment
      When DSM-III-R criteria are utilized, the US prevalence ranges from 1·4% to 13·3% with an average of 6·7% based on adult reports […]
    • 2006: Mark Graham Brown, Baldrige Award Winning Quality: How to Interpret the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, p2
      As the criteria have changed over the years, the Baldrige has become an award for overall effectiveness of an organization, as opposed to an organization that simply has high quality products / services.
  2. Examples of the non-standard use of criteria in the singular:
    • 1867, Journal of the Indian Roads Congress, page 73
      It appears from the calculated stresses that a ‘middle half’ criteria can safely be adopted.   While the ‘middle half’ criteria is adopted, the important consideration should be the permissible compressive strength.
    • 1889, Joseph Heuser, The American Ecclesiastical Review, page 274, Catholic University of America Press
      The most important criteria is the first, the irreversible cessation of all brain activity.
    • 1900, Biennial Report of the Board of Control of State Institutions of Iowa
      Perhaps the most impressive criteria is the consideration of what it would ultimately cost if Iowa continued to operate institutions that are primarily custodial.
    • 2000 February, Mark L. Dantzker, Ph.D. and Ronald D. Hunter, Ph.D., Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Elsevier
      The second criteria is that the relationship between the independent and dependent variable must be observed.
    • 2003 June, Gerrit Knodt, Ph.D., Developing Excellent People Managers, page 29, Xlibris Corporation
      An important other criteria is evidence that the candidate has the ability and resiliency to handle and manage rapid change.
    • 2005 February, Joseph J. Leon, Ph.D., Wayne C. Brown, Ph.D., and Libby O. Ruch, Ph.D., Telephone Survey Methods and Practices, page 1, Streamline Surveys Inc.
      It can be as high as $40.00 to $50.00+ for a telephone interview that is longer, uses a RDD sample, and the selection criteria is one that takes a number of calls to locate the respondent.
  3. Examples of the non-standard treatment of criteria as an uncountable noun:
    • 1888, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports: Decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission of the United States, page 33
      Accordingly, such criteria is entitled to little or no weight in resolving the issues raised herein.
    • 1992 December, Don H. Fontenelle, Ph.D., Are You Listening?, page 173, Wellness Institute, Inc.
      Most criteria is based on a child having a certain level of intelligence and/or an achievement level (for example math, reading, etc.) above his actual grade placement.
    • 1999 June, Balbir S Dhillon, Ph.D., Engineering Maintainability: How to Design for Reliability and Easy Maintenance, page 190, Gulf Professional Publishing
      Step 2 establishes accept/reject criteria and retest procedures in the event that the “accept” criteria is not met.