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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