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nounplural noun criteria/-ˈti(ə)rēə/

  • A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.

    ‘the launch came too close to violating safety criteria’
    • ‘Only then can we reach the standardised criterion of economic growth and prosperity.’
    • ‘Judged on those criteria, the tour is undoubtedly a flop of monumental proportions.’
    • ‘Unless you decide that for some reason it is better to judge by other criteria.’
    • ‘It eludes me as to how the various blogs will be judged and under what criteria.’
    • ‘That is the criterion or standard by which the arbitrator is to be guided.’
    • ‘In some circumstances it is difficult to make economic criteria apply even in principle.’
    • ‘This is one of the principles stated in the criteria for excellence in assessment.’
    • ‘One of the main criteria the youth must meet for the camp is to have a business plan or idea.’
    • ‘There are certain criteria which groups must meet to apply for the grants to be eligible.’
    • ‘They were selected to take part on the basis of criteria laid down by the Education Department.’
    • ‘Clearly the rules and the criteria by which the licensing panel are working are deeply flawed.’
    • ‘The country needs not just guidelines on care but criteria that are set solidly.’
    • ‘He says that, in any case, there is little new in broadening the criteria for selection.’
    • ‘The problem is there are no clear guidelines as to what the criteria should be.’
    • ‘They join by invitation only and must meet certain criteria before they will be admitted.’
    • ‘Performance is the only criterion by which a team chasing greatness can judge itself.’
    • ‘In addition, sites are selected as suitable only if they meet demanding criteria.’
    • ‘The one criteria is that they must be active, whether in sport or other types of health and fitness.’
    • ‘These contractors will be required to meet criteria to be eligible for a permit.’
    • ‘There will also be a review of all existing holders to make sure they meet the new criteria.’
    basis, point of reference, standard, norm, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone, test, formula, measure, gauge, scale, barometer, indicator, litmus test
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/krīˈtirēən/ /kraɪˈtɪriən/


Strictly speaking, the singular form (following the original Greek) is criterion and the plural form is criteria. It is a common mistake, however, to use criteria as if it were a singular, as in a further criteria needs to be considered


Early 17th century from Greek kritērion ‘means of judging’, from kritēs (see critic).