"criteria" in the noun sense
1. standard, criterion, measure, touchstone
a basis for comparison a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
"the schools comply with federal standards"
"they set the measure for all subsequent work"
2. criterion, standard
the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
"they live by the standards of their community"
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