set of agreed, stipulated, or generally accepted standards
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A standard is a principle, example or measure used for comparison.


  • The Negro's experience of the white world cannot possibly create in him any respect for the standards by which the white world claims to live. His own condition is overwhelming proof that white people do not live by these standards.
  • Standards apply to everyone. When exceptions are made, a new standard is established.
    • John Chapman, Muddy Boots Leadership: Real Life Stories and Personal Examples of Good, Bad, and Unexpected Results (2006), p. 92
  • I set high but not impossible standards. Mine are achievable with maximum effort.
    • Colin Powell, It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership (2012), p. 101