Definition of criterion
- the university's criteria for admission
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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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!
: something that is used as a reason for making a judgment or decision
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