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Examples of litmus test in a Sentence
The party is using attitudes about gun control as a litmus test for political candidates.
Recent Examples of litmus test from the Web
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Second, policy litmus tests are a relatively recent phenomenon.
One litmus test for these campaigns recently arose in a Facebook post from Levi’s, in conjunction with its fifth Pride Collection, featuring an image of jeans with a rainbow handkerchief hanging from the back pocket.
On the other side, unblinking support for Trump really has become the ultimate litmus test in Republican primaries.
Those events are kind of the litmus test of capacity.
While there is room for interpretation, the litmus test for accuracy in portraying Jesus is love.
Thus differences over whether the federal government should offer a public health-insurance option or introduce a single-payer system can become litmus tests for the party’s progressive wing.
First, Republican Party platforms are now open and explicit about policy litmus tests for Supreme Court nominees.
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litmus test Has Scientific Origins
It was in the 14th century that scientists discovered that litmus, a mixture of colored organic compounds obtained from lichen, turns red in acid solutions and blue in alkaline solutions and, thus, can be used as an acid-base indicator. Six centuries later, people began using litmus test figuratively. It can now refer to any single factor that establishes the true character of something or causes it to be assigned to one category or another. Often it refers to something (such as an opinion about a political or moral issue) that can be used to make a judgment about whether someone or something is acceptable or not.
LITMUS TEST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of litmus test for English Language Learners
: something (such as an opinion about a political or moral issue) that is used to make a judgment about whether someone or something is acceptable
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