Definition of criterion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

    

criterion

 noun
noun
NAmE//kraɪˈtɪriən//
 
(pl. criteria
NAmE//kraɪˈtɪriə//
 
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 a standard or principle by which something is judged, or with the help of which a decision is made The main criterion is value for money. What criteria are used for assessing a student's ability?
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