criterion

[ krahy-teer-ee-uhn ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

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

Synonyms

  • benchmark
  • norm
  • precedent
  • principle
  • proof
  • yardstick

Antonyms

  • change
  • conjecture
  • guess
  • possibility

Definition

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

Example

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

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