adjective Date: 1959 being a system of grading whereby the grades “pass” and “fail” replace the traditional letter grades • pass-fail noun

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  • pass-fail — [pas′fāl′] adj. Educ. of or designating a grading system in which “pass” or “fail” is recorded instead of a numerical or letter grade [a pass fail course] n. such a grading system …   English World dictionary

  • pass-fail — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷ noun : a system of grading whereby the grades “pass” and “fail” replace the traditional letter grades • pass fail adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • pass-fail — /pas fayl , pahs /, n. Educ. a system of grading in some educational institutions in which a student simply passes or fails instead of receiving a letter or numerical grade. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • pass-fail — adjective Describing a form of examination etc in which the student either passes or fails without receiving a specific mark or grade …   Wiktionary

  • pass–fail — …   Useful english dictionary

  • pass — {{11}}pass (n.1) mountain defile, c.1300, from O.Fr. pas step, track, from L. passus step, pace (see PACE (Cf. pace) (n.)). {{12}}pass (n.2) written permission to pass into, or through, a place, 1590s, from PASS (Cf. pass) (v.). Sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • pass — [n1] opening through solid canyon, cut, gap, gorge, passage, passageway, path, ravine; concepts 509,513 Ant. closing, closure pass [n2] authorization, permission admission, chit*, comp, free ride*, furlough, identification, license, order, paper …   New thesaurus

  • fail — [fāl] vi. [ME failen < OFr faillir, to fail, miss < L fallere, to deceive, disappoint < IE base * ĝhwel , to bend, deviate > Sans hválati, (he) loses the way, errs, Gr phēloein, to deceive] 1. to be lacking or insufficient; fall short …   English World dictionary

  • fail — ► VERB 1) be unsuccessful in an undertaking. 2) be unable to meet the standards set by (a test). 3) judge (a candidate in an examination or test) not to have passed. 4) neglect to do. 5) disappoint expectations: chaos has failed to materialize.… …   English terms dictionary

  • pass up something — pass up (something) to fail to take advantage of an opportunity. Phillips could never pass up a chance to tell you how much he hated lawyers. When they invited her to perform, I told her she shouldn t pass it up …   New idioms dictionary

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