criterion

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin criterion, from Ancient Greek κριτήριον (kritḗrion, a test, a means of judging), from κριτής (kritḗs, judge), from κρίνω (krínō, to judge); see critic.

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  • IPA(key): /kɹaɪˈtɪəɹi.ən/, /kɹɪˈtɪəɹi.ən/
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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.
    Criterion of choice, of decision, of selection
    • 2013 November 30, Paul Davis, “Letters: Say it as simply as possible”, in The Economist[1], 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?

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κριτήριον (kritḗrion).

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Noun[edit]

criterion n (genitive criteriī); second declension

  1. criterion

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter, Greek-type).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative criterion criteria
Genitive criteriī criteriōrum
Dative criteriō criteriīs
Accusative criterion criteria
Ablative criteriō criteriīs
Vocative criterion criteria

Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: criteri
  • Dutch: criterium
  • English: criterion
  • German: Kriterium
  • Italian: criterio
  • Spanish: criterio