: being a system of grading whereby the grades "pass" and "fail" replace the traditional letter grades
pass-fail noun

Examples of pass-fail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Environmental Science This class is famously easy, as it’s graded pass-fail and the only requirement for passing is agreeing that everything is totally fine with the environment and asserting that anyone who believes differently is being paid by the deep state. Skyler Higley, The New Yorker, 13 Aug. 2023 Note these standards can be iterative and supportive of innovation, rather than the approval process used for drugs which is more of a pass-fail process. Thomas R. Insel, STAT, 12 Apr. 2023 We are no longer constrained by gender, perfection, and homogeny: beauty is not a box to be checked, a pass-fail test based on antiquated norms. Photovogue, Vogue, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pass-fail was in 1930

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“Pass-fail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pass-fail. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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