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We’re considering five primary criteria as we compare job applicants.
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Note that "criterion" is the singular form. Though not seen as often as "criteria", it is reasonably common and frequently on SAT review lists. Today, "criterions" is acceptable in place of "criteria", though seldom used.
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  • We’re considering five primary criteria as we compare job applicants.
  • She said that academic achievement is the most important criterion for admission.
  • Our admissions criteria assure that you have an academic background that will enable you to be successful in our rigorous curriculum.
  • The selection of appropriate criteria is crucial to the success of any incentive program.

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  • The Clean Water Act requires us to develop criteria for water quality that accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge.
  • experience was the criterion that white editors used to hire them.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Jurgis and Ona were very much in love ... and Jurgis judged everything by the criterion of its helping or hindering their union.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Anyone who looked more white folkish than herself was better than she was in her criteria,
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • If grades were the criteria, I would be in deep frigging dung.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank

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  • Nico replied gravely, "Having money isn’t part of our admissions criteria; we fund our students out of research grants."
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • But he had to admit, he thought Megan had gotten it right, and thankfully, she’d been able to meet a guy in New York who satisfied all her criteria.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • But whether a teenager likes cigarettes enough to keep using them depends on a very different set of criteria.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • There were no objective criteria for deciding to put someone into seclusion.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • criteria for membership
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • The major criterion left untested is one we cannot test here;
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The Levy family met all criteria for being Fine Folks: they did the best they could with the sense they had, and they had been living on the same plot of ground in Maycomb for five generations.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Once a week he scours the internet for six, seven, eight hours at a time to update a list of available homes around the country that fit his criteria: isolated, rural, immediate availability.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • I know I’m being assessed somehow, but I’m not sure on what criteria.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • That was my only criterion.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The Highlands hardly seemed a likely spot for a mass murderer, but then I doubted such persons used any sort of logical criteria when picking their sites.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It was of course highly unlikely that anyone would meet the mayor’s freshly conceived criteria.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The public taste and the public heart are the final criteria of the artist.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Beyond this, the IQ level becomes relatively unimportant in terms of ordinary occupational aspirations and criteria of success.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Though the certainty of this criterion is far from demonstrable, yet it has the savor of analogical probability.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It is only in the realm of pure science that truth is an absolute criterion.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In this time, in this place, different standards, different criteria apply.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • What if the things she had or hadn’t done for Peter were the wrong criteria for measurement?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • They transported cultures in locked suitcases and developed a list of criteria all cells had to meet before being banked: each had to be tested for any possible contamination, and they all had to come directly from the original source.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • When all the talk, all the propaganda has been cut away, the criterion is nothing but the color of skin.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "Tell me," she inquired, "if I may ask, by what criteria do you base your judgments?"
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • But what she cannot be as certain about are the criteria she uses to form her preferences in that first instant of meeting someone face-toface.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He mocked at his reasoning, calling it specious and "American"—his criteria of uncerebral phrase-making was that it was American.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He was groping towards Right as a criterion of its own—towards Justice as an abstract thing which did not lean upon power.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I think we need some sort of rubric, some sort of accepted criteria for our work in this class … or there would be chaos.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • After all, Paul met just about every criteria on my guy list.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • He wondered what criterion people used when they applied the tags "good" and "bad" to their fellowmen.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Beauty was not a criterion; the winner was the person who could raise more money in a designated period of time.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Aristotle then emphasized that all three criteria must be present at the same time for man to find happiness and fulfillment.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It was the feeling that induces a volunteer recruit to spend his last penny on drink, and a drunken man to smash mirrors or glasses for no apparent reason and knowing that it will cost him all the money he possesses: the feeling which causes a man to perform actions which from an ordinary point of view are insane, to test, as it were, his personal power and strength, affirming the existence of a higher, nonhuman criterion of life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Paul remembered an essay by Edmund Wilson where Wilson had said, in typically grudging Wilson manner, that Wordsworth’s criterion for the writing of good poetry , strong emotion recalled in a time of tranquility , would do well enough for most dramatic fiction as well.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Is the lot of the average human being, however, he asked himself, the criterion by which we judge the measure of civilization?
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • But then he saw one item which had come from the DEATHMATCH program, DEATHMATCH was a news-scanning computer program that recorded all significant deaths according to whatever criterion the computer was fed.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • What criterion ought one to adopt, in order to judge one’s fellows?
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • My friend was censoring his creativity in order to fit the imposed criteria.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • There was the rather eyebrow-raising fact of Bessie Glass’s legs, which were comely by any criterion.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Erected in the late 1950s, when functionality was the single criterion architects valued in design, it’s really quite drab.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • They vigorously ignored the truth that their own "principle of objectivity" is not itself an observable fact…and therefore by their own criteria should be put in a state of suspended animation.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It is of course extremely difficult to collect satisfactory data on such a point,—difficult to reach the men, to get trustworthy testimony, and to gauge that testimony by any generally acceptable criterion of success.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Jews don’t think Jesus was the Messiah because he didn’t fulfill the criteria for a Jewish messiah.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
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