Definition of litmus test in English:

litmus test

noun

  • 1Chemistry
    A test for acidity or alkalinity using litmus.

    • ‘He defined the modern idea of an ‘element’, as well as introducing the litmus test to tell acids from bases, and introduced many other standard chemical tests.’
  • 2A decisively indicative test.

    ‘effectiveness in these areas is often a good litmus test of overall quality’
    • ‘Well, the main litmus test, and it's written into the law, is that the U.S. parent company cannot directly manage or directly own the subsidiary.’
    • ‘‘The litmus test for privatisation is whether it increases competition in the sector,’ she said.’
    • ‘Under the Federal Guidelines of 1971, statistical representation became the litmus test of discrimination.’
    • ‘If the litmus test for aerospace integration is completely interchangeable air and space communities, such a goal is probably unrealistic.’
    • ‘But the CEOs on our list point to golf as a litmus test of honesty.’
    • ‘This closing example was really the litmus test for me.’
    • ‘We do not suggest that these considerations are exhaustive but plainly there seems to be a need to identify marks that a trial judge can effectively look at in applying a litmus test to the situation.’
    • ‘Interest group activity may provide a litmus test for the degree to which the supranational institutions of the EU exercise independent influence over the policy process.’
    • ‘When sex becomes the litmus test of morality, when we focus disproportionate attention on sexual sin, we do harm by omission.’
    • ‘But the litmus test for engagement, I always think, is the kids.’
    • ‘And there lies the litmus test for Indian hockey.’
    • ‘Her input, however, didn't seem to pass the litmus test.’
    • ‘‘It's a litmus test of the health of the high-yield market,’ says one private equity investor.’
    • ‘The first is that, once again, we have legislation that is a litmus test in terms of the difference between this Government and the Opposition.’
    • ‘By the 1900s, it had become the litmus test of public health among the medical profession and the urban middle class.’
    • ‘We had a four-part litmus test for the tax cuts that we adopted.’
    • ‘According to some who have worked there, the White House counsel's office doesn't run candidates through an ideological litmus test.’
    • ‘Call it a litmus test of his, and the sport's, marketability.’
    • ‘The self-proclaimed American Bard, Whitman has also come to be seen as the litmus test for the literature of American democracy.’
    • ‘The ensuing election would prove a litmus test.’
    measure, gauge, barometer, index, mark, sign, signal
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Pronunciation:

litmus test

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