A Rulebook's Criterion/Criteria

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A Rulebook's Criterion/Criteria

Postby vbkid » Thu May 23, 2013 6:54 pm UTC

While editing a report today today, I brought up a coworkers use of criterion (the singular of criteria) in the report. He is of the opinion that a 'rulebook' contains just one criterion, composed of all its rules, while I contend each individual rule within should collectively be reffered to as its criteria.
Hot debate, you decide!

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Adam H
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Re: A Rulebook's Criterion/Criteria

Postby Adam H » Thu May 23, 2013 7:06 pm UTC

Based on a brief run-in with a dictionary, I would sum up the definition of criterion thusly:
1) A standard of judgement
2) A rule or principle

Therefore it is my opinion that you are both correct. You are just using different definitions of criterion.

I personally would use "criteria" when talking about a set of rules.
-Adam


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