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litmus test

noun [C] /ˈlɪt·məs ˌtest/

litmus test noun [C] (CHEMICAL TEST)

chemistry a test of a chemical substance using paper treated with litmus , which tells whether a substance is acid or alkali

litmus test noun [C] (OPINION)

an opinion or action that is thought to show more general opinions or likely future actions: Analysts say the election is a litmus test for democracy in the region.
Translations of “litmus test”
in Chinese (Traditional) (具有更廣泛意義的)決定,意見…
in Chinese (Simplified) (具有更广泛意义的)决定,意见…
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