criterion

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criterion

Philosophy a defining characteristic of something

criterion

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1. A standard or rule on which a decision or judgment may be based, forming the basis for the establishment of acceptable limits of environmental conditions in buildings.
2. An established code, measure, norm, or rule upon which a decision may be based.
References in classic literature ?
But by his own confession in the above passage, his criterion for distinguishing them is not always adequate.
On trying the Constitution by this criterion, it falls under the NATIONAL, not the FEDERAL character; though perhaps not so completely as has been understood.
Though the certainty of this criterion is far from demonstrable, yet it has the savor of analogical probability.