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criterion

 
Noun criterion has 2 senses
  1. standard, criterion, measure, touchstone - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
    --1 is a kind of reference point, point of reference, reference
    --1 has particulars:
     benchmark; grade point average, GPA; yardstick; medium of exchange, monetary system; scale, scale of measurement, graduated table, ordered series; gauge, standard of measurement; baseline; norm
  2. criterion, standard - the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; "they live by the standards of their community"
    --2 is a kind of ideal
    --2 has particulars: control condition, control; design criteria
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