American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A standard, rule, or test on which a judgment or decision can be based. See Synonyms at standard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A standard of judgment or criticism; a law, rule, or principle regarded as universally valid for the class of cases under consideration, by which matters of fact, propositions, opinions, or conduct can be tested in order to discover their truth or falsehood, or by which a correct judgment may be formed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A standard of judging; any approved or established rule or test, by which facts, principles opinions, and conduct are tried in forming a correct judgment respecting them.
- n. a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
- n. the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
- From New Latin criterion, from Ancient Greek κριτήριον (kriterion, "a test, a means of judging"), from κριτής (krites, "a judge"), from κρίνω (krinō, "I judge"); see critic. (Wiktionary)
- Greek kritērion, from kritēs, judge, from krīnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If we try to apply Dedekind's definition as a criterion for determining whether a given set is infinite by establishing a 1-1 correspondence between two inductive rules for generating “infinite extensions,” one of which is an “extensional subset” of the other, we can't possibly learn anything we didn't already know when we applied the ˜criterion™ to two inductive rules.”
“Thanks, J.D. Yeah, I think your criterion is a good one.”
“I will attempt to redeem myself (maybe) by guessing that the criterion is their longevity.”
“In an early comment in that argument, Justice Kennedy did make a statement, in a combative tone, that avoiding race as a criterion is a very important principle to him.”
“The core idea is present in what he refers to as the criterion of reciprocity and the duty of civility.”
“Among the reasons for adding this as a criterion is the obvious point that Nobel wanted the Prize to have political effects.”
“My proposed criterion is not premised on membership in NORML or other non-religious affiliations.”
“Oh, sure, now I see: once Mark has glommed onto the paleo label, the whole ‘anonymous’ criterion is just pushed aside. politics!”
“The other thing that PV has, which the OP stated as a criterion, is good health care.”
“Taxonomy does, in fact, use brain size to distinguish species within the hominid family … but this criterion is used, so far as I know, only for hominid species which happen to be extinct.”
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