litmus test Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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litmus testnoun [C ]

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a ​test to ​find out if a ​substance is acid or alkaline [usually singular] someone's ​decision or ​opinion about something that ​suggests what they ​think about a ​widerrange of ​related things: The president's ​policy on ​abortion is ​regarded as a ​litmustest of his ​views on women's ​rights.
(Definition of litmus test from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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litmus testnoun [C]

 /ˈlɪt·məs ˌtest/

litmus test noun [C] (CHEMICAL TEST)

chemistry a test of a ​chemicalsubstance using ​papertreated 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 ​generalopinions or ​likelyfutureactions: Analysts say the ​election is a litmus test for ​democracy in the ​region.
(Definition of litmus test from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “litmus test”
in Chinese (Simplified) (具有更广泛意义的)决定,意见…
in Chinese (Traditional) (具有更廣泛意義的)決定,意見…
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