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Noun: criterion (criteria)  krI'teer-ee-un
  1. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
    "the schools comply with federal criteria";
    - standard, measure, touchstone
  2. The ideal in terms of which something can be judged
    "they live by the criteria of their community";
    - standard

Derived forms: criteria

Type of: ideal, metric, system of measurement

Encyclopedia: Criterion