Rubric meaning

ro͝o'brĭk
Any heading, title, etc., as of a chapter or section.
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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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An established rule or custom, a guideline.

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(education) A printed set of scoring criteria for evaluating student work and for giving feedback.
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A title or heading of a statute or chapter in a code of law.
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A direction in a missal, hymnal, or other liturgical book.
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A short commentary or explanation covering a broad subject.
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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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Written in red.
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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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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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An established custom or rule of procedure.
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Inscribed in red.
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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.
  • 2008, Chris Dodd, Senator Dodd Speaks in Opposition to FISA Bill on Floor of U.S. Senate.
    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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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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An authoritative rule or direction.
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Red ocher.
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Red or reddish.
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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