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Line breaks: cri|ter¦ion
Pronunciation: /krʌɪˈtɪərɪən

Definition of criterion in English:

noun (plural criteria /-rɪə/)

A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided: they award a green label to products that meet certain environmental criteria
More example sentences
  • Only then can we reach the standardised criterion of economic growth and prosperity.
  • Judged on those criteria, the tour is undoubtedly a flop of monumental proportions.
  • Unless you decide that for some reason it is better to judge by other criteria.
basis, point of reference, standard, norm, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone, test, formula, measure, gauge, scale, barometer, indicator, litmus test;
specification, guide, guideline, guiding principle, principle, rule, law, canon, convention


early 17th century: from Greek kritērion 'means of judging', from kritēs (see critic).


Strictly speaking, the singular form (following the original Greek) is criterion and the plural form is criteria. It is a common mistake to use criteria as if it were a singular, as in a further criteria needs to be considered.



Example sentences
  • However - to reiterate a point already made - criterial links like this, though built into certain meaning-constituting postulates of the theory, are neither analytically true nor unrevisable.
  • In both of these respects, the inner sense bears an organizational and criterial relation to the senses, not only combining the information of the senses, but passing judgment on the results of this synthesis.
  • The theory supposes that, while different people can possess some different beliefs about race, they share certain criterial beliefs and these serve to define the concept.

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