litmus test, 1. (Chem.) A test to determine acidity or alkalinity, using litmus as an inddicator.
(Fig.) A test for a single factor, which has only two outcomes, positive or negative; specifically:
(Politics) the question of whether a candidate for office is for or against a particular position on an issue; -- used, e.g. by voters concerned predominantly with a single issue, to decide whether to vote for or against a candidate; as, many voters take a candidate's position on abortion as their
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