stand·ard - [stan-derd]
- something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, example, or point of reference standard of the reasonable person>
- something established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality
- the basis of value in a monetary system
- serving as a basis of weight, measure, value, comparison, or judgment.
- of recognized excellence or established authority: a standard reference on medieval history.
1125-75; ME < OF, prob. < Frankish *standord (cf. G Standort standing-point), conformed to -ard
- pre·stand·ard, noun, adjective
- su·per·stand·ard, noun, adjective
- un·stand·ard, adjective
1, 3. gauge, basis, pattern, guide. Standard, criterion refer to the basis for making a judgment. A standard is an authoritative principle or rule that usually implies a model or pattern for guidance, by comparison with which the quantity, excellence, correctness, etc., of other things may be determined: She could serve as the standard of good breeding. A criterion is a rule or principle used to judge the value, suitability, probability, etc., of something, without necessarily implying any comparison: Wealth is no criterion of a person's worth.
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- standard. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law. Retrieved September 17, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/standard