Rubric definition

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The definition of a rubric is the use of red lettering to highlight something on a page, or a standard for grading or scoring knowledge or performance.

An example of rubric is decorative lettering and red chapter headings and initial letters in religious books printed in the 15th century.

An example of a rubric is a specific scoring tool to grade a student's progress based on the learning objectives for the student.

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Any heading, title, etc., as of a chapter or section.
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A title or heading of a statute or chapter in a code of law.
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Inscribed in red.
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(education) A printed set of scoring criteria for evaluating student work and for giving feedback.
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A part of a manuscript or book, such as a title, heading, or initial letter, that appears in decorative red lettering or is otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
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A class or category.
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An authoritative rule or direction.
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An established custom or rule of procedure.
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Red ocher.
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A title; a name.
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Written in red.
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A direction, as in a prayer book, for conducting religious services.
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An explanatory comment, or gloss.
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The title or a heading of a law.
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(archaic) Red or reddish.
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A heading in a book highlighted in red.
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A title of a category or a class.
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    And in one swoop, the Attorney General conceded to the president nearly unlimited power, just as long as he finds a lawyer willing to stuff his actions into the boundless rubric of “defending the country.".

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An established rule or custom, a guideline.

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Coloured or marked with red; placed in rubrics.
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Of or relating to the rubric or rubrics; rubrical.
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To adorn with red; to redden.

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A short commentary or explanation covering a broad subject.
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In early books and manuscripts, a chapter heading, initial letter, specific sentence, etc. printed or written in red, decorative lettering, etc.
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(ecclesiastical) A direction in a missal, hymnal, or other liturgical book.
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Red or reddish.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rubric
Plural:
rubrics

Origin of rubric

  • Middle English rubrike heading, title from Old French rubrique from Latin rubrīca red chalk from ruber rubr- red reudh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Through Old French rubrique, from Latin rubrÄ«ca (“red ochre"), the substance used to make red letters, from ruber (“red"), from Proto-Indo-European *reudh-.

    From Wiktionary