V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a standard used to judge things

Synonyms: benchmark, gauge, measure, standard, rule, principle


Tips: Criterion comes from the Greek word krites, "judge." A criterion is a standard or rule that helps you judge whether something is suitable for a purpose. The related noun criteria is the plural form, and is used more often than criterion.

Usage Examples:

We have only one criterion for deciding who we will hire for this job: the successful candidate must possess a large vocabulary. (standard, rule)

It is true that our criteria for success in this experiment are very stringent, but we believe that it is necessary to maintain high standards in research. (benchmarks, gauges)

There are several criteria by which to measure the quality of a gemstone. (standards, rules, gauges)

What was your criterion for selecting the winning candidate? (measure, gauge)

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