Etymology
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criterion (n.)

"a standard of judgment or criticism, rule by which opinion or conduct can be tested," 1660s, from Latinized form of Greek kriterion "means for judging, standard," from krites "judge," from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," thus "discriminate, distinguish." Used in English as a Greek word from 1610s.

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Definitions of criterion

criterion (n.)
a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated;
Synonyms: standard / measure / touchstone
criterion (n.)
the ideal in terms of which something can be judged;
Synonyms: standard
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