criterion vs. criteria – The Correct Way to Use Each | Confusing Words
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Criterion

Definition:

a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated (singular of criteria)

Examples:

This is only one criterion for the theory.

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Criteria

Definition:

A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluate (Plural of criterion)

Examples:

the schools comply with federal criteria

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