[krahy-teer-ee-uh n] /kraɪˈtɪər i ən/

noun, plural criteria
[krahy-teer-ee-uh] /kraɪˈtɪər i ə/ (Show IPA), criterions.
a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.
noun (pl) -ria (-rɪə), -rions
a standard by which something can be judged or decided
(philosophy) a defining characteristic of something

1660s, from Latinized form of Greek kriterion “means for judging, standard,” from krites “judge,” from PIE root *krei- (see crisis). Used in English as a Greek word from 1610s.


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