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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Greek
Origin: kriterion, from krinein 'to judge, decide'

criterion

noun
     
cri‧te‧ri‧on W2 plural criteria [countable usually plural]
a standard that you use to judge something or make a decision about something:
the criteria we use to select candidates
criterion for
the criteria for measuring how good schools are
Academic ability is not the sole criterion for admission to the college.
a universal set of criteria for diagnosing patients
meet/satisfy/fulfil criteria
To qualify for a grant, students must satisfy certain criteria.

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