Criterion

Pronunciation: [ krahy-teer-ee-uhn ]


Definition: noun

a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something

Origin: Early 17th century; Greek


Etymology: from Greek kritērion ‘means of judging’, from kritēs (critic)


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • benchmark

  • norm

  • precedent

  • principle

  • proof

  • yardstick

Antonyms:

  • change

  • conjecture

  • guess

  • possibility

Example: The teacher requested that the students check the criterion before submitting their assignment.

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