litmus test

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Synonyms for litmus test

a coloring material (obtained from lichens) that turns red in acid solutions and blue in alkaline solutions

a test that relies on a single indicator

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It is a litmus test to see if this particular grouping of the western countries has moved towards honesty in the process of change, or not," Samareh Hashemi said in an interview with the Persian website, Parcham (Flag).
That litmus test is as follows: petA to start, followed by calzone pizza.
Catholic Senators Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden, Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, Chris Dodd and half a dozen others attacked the appointment with all their might trying to make the candidate's views on abortion a litmus test for rejection.
Making sex a litmus test of true communion owes more to Freud than to the Bible.
The law prohibits the three agencies from knowingly disseminating bad data and bans application of any political litmus test to experts under consideration as outside advisers.
He may very well believe President Bush when he says there is no litmus test.
I pointed out in the press that this use of religion to sell a Supreme Court nominee is the latest example of a religious litmus test articulated by President George W.
veteran status is not a litmus test for a lawmaker's likely support for veterans issues," said National Legislative Director Joseph A.
But formal tests are one thing, voter preferences another; no one can keep the people from imposing a religious litmus test on candidates.
Use this litmus test to help identify business functions to outsource:
The litmus test is whether the province follows its own timeline and presents a less harsh proposal than Lavagna.
It is a shame that he, following after Bishop Weigand: has chosen to make abortion the only litmus test for politicians.
and concentrates on characterization as the litmus test to answer it.
Whether whites will vote for them on the merits of their platforms will be a true litmus test of our Democratic process.
Once he became president, Lincoln went a step further by making support for the law a litmus test for all potential cabinet appointees, Bennett writes.