criterion (plural criteria)
- A standard or test by which individual things or people may be compared and judged.
2013 November 30, Paul Davis, “Letters: Say it as simply as possible”, The Economist, volume 409, number 8864:
- Congratulations on managing to use the phrase “preponderant criterion” in a chart (“On your marks”, November 9th). Was this the work of a kakorrhaphiophobic journalist set a challenge by his colleagues, or simply an example of glossolalia?
- The plural form criterions also exists, but is much less common.
- The form criteria is sometimes used as a nonstandard singular form (as in a criteria, this criteria, and so on), with corresponding plural form criterias. In this use, it sometimes means “a single criterion”, sometimes “a set of criteria”.
standard for comparison and judgment
- criterion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- criterion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Second declension neuter, Greek type.