Share this entry

reference point Syllabification: ref·er·ence point
Pronunciation: /ˈref(ə)rəns point/

Definition of reference point in English:

noun

A basis or standard for evaluation, assessment, or comparison; a criterion.
Example sentences
  • All but one said the church provided standards or a reference point for good behavior.
  • There is no absolute standard, or even an external reference point.
  • This is particularly true over foreign policy, which dominated the first two debates and seemed to be the main reference point for my students.

Definition of reference point in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources