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criterion

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1 something set up as an example against which others of the same type are compared
  • one criterion for grading these essays will be their conformity to the rules of traditional grammar

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2 something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind
  • an exceptionally high degree of physical risk is the preeminent criterion of an extreme sport

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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

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The first known use of criterion was in 1622

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“Criterion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/criterion. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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