gauge; test; precedent
A rule applied as a standard for evaluating something.
Finding Pretty shells is a criterion for making a nice necklace.
It is level of proof that must be met for a thing to be accepted.
A criterion for his viewing pleasure is that the movie must have a clown in it.
Criterion reminds us of critical.
You look at it in a critical way to decide if it is good enough.
Used at work:
A criterion is that you must work for the company to be eligible for the contest.
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