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criterion

Philosophy a defining characteristic of something
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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.
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