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3 accepted, used, or practiced by most people
  • standard procedure

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1 something set up as an example against which others of the same type are compared
  • the animation in that movie set the standard against which all later animated cartoons were judged

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2 a piece of cloth with a special design that is used as an emblem or for signaling
  • a ship flying the queen's standard

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3 what is typical of a group, class, or series
  • somewhat shorter than the standard for boys that age

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4 standards plural the code of good conduct for an individual or group
  • a life guided by high standards

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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 standard was in the 12th century

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“Standard.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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