criterion

noun
cri·​te·​ri·​on | \ krī-ˈtir-ē-ən How to pronounce criterion (audio) also krə- \
plural criteria\ krī-​ˈtir-​ē-​ə How to pronounce criterion (audio) also  krə-​ \ also criterions

Definition of criterion

1 : a standard on which a judgment or decision may be based the university's criteria for admission
2 : a characterizing mark or trait

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Choose the Right Synonym for criterion

standard, criterion, gauge, yardstick, touchstone mean a means of determining what a thing should be. standard applies to any definite rule, principle, or measure established by authority. standards of behavior criterion may apply to anything used as a test of quality whether formulated as a rule or principle or not. questioned the critic's criteria for excellence gauge applies to a means of testing a particular dimension (such as thickness, depth, diameter) or figuratively a particular quality or aspect. polls as a gauge of voter dissatisfaction yardstick is an informal substitute for criterion that suggests quantity more often than quality. housing construction as a yardstick of economic growth touchstone suggests a simple test of the authenticity or value of something intangible. fine service is one touchstone of a first-class restaurant

Is criteria singular or plural?: Usage Guide

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.

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One person's principal criterion for a new car may be its gas mileage, while someone else's may be whether it has room for four children. When filling a job opening, employers usually look for several criteria (notice the plural form) in the applicants; and when college admissions officers are reading student applications, they likewise always keep a few basic criteria in mind. And when interviewing an applicant, one criterion for both the employer and the admissions officer might include the size of the applicant's vocabulary!

Examples of criterion in a Sentence

There is really only one criterion for a grab bag of culinary facts and anecdotes like this: It has to make you look up occasionally and remark, "Hey! I never knew that." — Laura Shapiro, New York Times Book Review, 25 Dec. 1994 … the induction committee waived its normal five-year retirement criteria for fear Kelley might never retire. — Todd Balf, Yankee, 4 Apr. 1992 Christo argues that art must be measured by its effect on the shape of a community. By this criterion Running Fence was enormously successful. — O. B. Hardison, Jr., Disappearing Through the Skylight, 1989 What were the criteria used to choose the winner? one criterion for grading these essays will be their conformity to the rules of traditional grammar
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Recent Examples on the Web Apart from these, the only restrictions that are still in place are the criterion of a 1 meter distance and the obligation to wear a mask in public places, both indoors and outdoors. Irene Dominioni, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Assistant Police Chief Keith Lucas said that ethnic diversity among officers is important but diversity of thought might be the more appropriate criterion. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 July 2021 Only 12% of survey respondents cited ease of use as a driving criterion when choosing a new technology. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Players who achieve playtime criterion with no Pro Bowls. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 The 27 member states have decided jointly to apply reciprocity in the specific case of China, and that is the only criterion where Beijing has come short. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 3 June 2021 Information about impact on water must be included with the application, but water quality is not a performance criterion that can be used to deny a permit, according to the analysis. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2021 In the 2015-16 academic year, approximately 25% of the schools met this criterion. Jacob Kirksey, The Conversation, 3 May 2021 On the surface, this is an obvious selection criterion that would put a provider in the winner column. Peter Bendor-samuel, Forbes, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of criterion

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for criterion

borrowed from Greek kritḗrion, from kri-, variant stem of krī́nein "to separate, choose, decide, judge" + -tērion, suffix of instruments — more at certain entry 1

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25 Jul 2021

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“Criterion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criterion. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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criterion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of criterion

: something that is used as a reason for making a judgment or decision

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