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Dictionary Definition

criteria (See criterion)


1 a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work" [syn: standard, measure, touchstone]
2 the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; "they live by the standards of their community" [syn: standard] [also: criteria (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



The plural form of criterion, formed according to the -ον (-on) → (-a) pluralisation pattern.


  • /kɹaɪˈtɪəɹiə/


criteria p
  1. Plural of criterion#English|criterion
  2. A single criterion.

Usage notes

  • Although the word criteria is sometimes treated as though it were singular or even uncountable, these uses are considered incorrect; the correct singular form is criterion, criteria is the plural form.


See also

Extensive Definition

Criterion may refer to:
In science and mathematics:
  • Eisenstein's criterion, in mathematics, gives sufficient conditions for a polynomial to be irreducible over the rational numbers
  • Euler's criterion, in number theory concerning primes
  • Weyl's criterion, used in mathematics in the theory of diophantine approximation
  • Criterion validity, in psychometrics, a measure of how well one variable or set of variables predicts an outcome
  • Criterion-referenced test, translates a test score into a statement about the behavior to be expected of a person
In modern culture:
criteria in Danish: Kriterium
criteria in German: Criterion
criteria in Spanish: Criterio
criteria in Ido: Kriterio
criteria in Polish: Kryterium
criteria in Portuguese: Critério
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