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criterion (plural criteria)
- A standard or test by which individual things or people may be compared and judged.
- Criterion of choice, of decision, of selection
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 310:
- Knowledge has come to her too soon—knowledge of evil, unqualified by the general charities which longer experience infallibly brings; but her age has lent its own freshness to this first great emotion; it becomes unconsciously a criterion, and the judgment is harsh, because the remembrance is bitter.
- 1986, Piotr Buczkowski; Andrzej Klawiter, editors, Theories of Ideology and Ideology of Theories, Rodopi, →ISBN, ISSN 0303-8157, page 57:
- The Enlightment worldview, which considered the order of "Nature" as a basis and, at the same time, the subject of explorations of scientific natural sciences, has, at the same time, considered this order as a criterion of the artistically-aesthetic qualities of art. From an "ideological" point of view, it liberated art from its feudal religious and courtly servitude.
- 2013 November 30, Paul Davis, “Letters: Say it as simply as possible”, in 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?
- 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”.
standard for comparison and judgment
- criterion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- criterion in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- (Classical) IPA(key): /kriˈte.ri.on/, [krɪˈt̪ɛriɔn]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /kriˈte.ri.on/, [kriˈt̪ɛːrion]
Second-declension noun (neuter, Greek-type).