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  • n. Plural form of criterion.
  • n. A single criterion.


The plural form of criterion, formed according to the Ancient Greek -ον (-on) → -α (-a) pluralisation pattern. (Wiktionary)



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  • Your definition does not make reference to the fact that criteria is the plural of criterion. The word is often misused as the singular and thus the distinction between criteria and criterion should be made.

    June 12, 2009