Definition of Criterion

1. Noun. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. "They set the measure for all subsequent work"

2. Noun. The ideal in terms of which something can be judged. "They live by the standards of their community"
Exact synonyms: Standard
Specialized synonyms: Control, Control Condition, Design Criteria
Generic synonyms: Ideal
Derivative terms: Criterial, Standardise, Standardize

Definition of Criterion

1. n. A standard of judging; any approved or established rule or test, by which facts, principles opinions, and conduct are tried in forming a correct judgment respecting them.

Definition of Criterion

1. Noun. A standard or test by which individual things or people may be compared and judged. ¹

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Definition of Criterion

1. a standard of judgment [n -RIA or -RIONS]

Medical Definition of Criterion

1. A standard by which something may be judged. Origin: Gr. Kriterion = a means for judging This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Criterion

cristae cutis
cristae matricis unguis
cristae of mitochondria
cristae sacrales intermediae
cristae sacrales laterales
criterion (current term)
criterion-related validity
criterion of verifiability
criterion of verification
crithidia fasciculata

Literary usage of Criterion

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1. The Concept of Knowledge by Panayot Butchvarov (1970)
"Therefore, either y's being x is not the criterion for the applicability of the word ... For example, if one's holding one's cheek is the criterion for the ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"This criterion, however, is an impracticable one in the case of ... In botany, therefore, the auxiliary criterion has been ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"So far is he from using: it as a criterion. ... Since the other criterion may give an opposite result, that other criterion must be wrong. ..."

4. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"The ethical criterion used for determining moral validity is commonly identical with the ultimate moral ideal, whether that be the moral law revealed in ..."

5. Psychology: A Study of Mental Life by Robert Sessions Woodworth (1921)
"UNIVERSALITY AS A criterion OF NATIVE REACTIONS The fundamental sign or ... This is the one perfect criterion ; but unfortunately it cannot always be ..."

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