AskDefine | Define criterion

Dictionary Definition



1 a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work" [syn: standard, measure, touchstone]
2 the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; "they live by the standards of their community" [syn: standard] [also: criteria (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary





From κριτήριον (kriterion).


  1. A standard or test by which individual things or people may be compared and judged.

Usage notes

Although common, the use of criteria as a singular noun is considered incorrect.


standard for comparison and judgment

Extensive Definition

Criterion may refer to:
In science and mathematics:
  • Eisenstein's criterion, in mathematics, gives sufficient conditions for a polynomial to be irreducible over the rational numbers
  • Euler's criterion, in number theory concerning primes
  • Weyl's criterion, used in mathematics in the theory of diophantine approximation
  • Criterion validity, in psychometrics, a measure of how well one variable or set of variables predicts an outcome
  • Criterion-referenced test, translates a test score into a statement about the behavior to be expected of a person
In modern culture:
criterion in Danish: Kriterium
criterion in German: Criterion
criterion in Spanish: Criterio
criterion in Ido: Kriterio
criterion in Polish: Kryterium
criterion in Portuguese: Critério

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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