noun. a standard, rule, or test on which a decision or judgement can be made
precedent, basis, foundation, principle
suppose, possibility, no foundation
1. The criterion of the ACT and SAT are standards colleges pay attention to when considering students for acceptance into their college.
2. The final criterion that would decide if the Wilson family would get a dog, is if the dog could pass a bite test to see if the dog would be dangerous to the children.
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