I'm trying to find the word for meeting a summary-level (top level) requirement/criteria, by meeting all lower level criteria.
For example, assume the only requirements for being a car were 1) 4+ wheels, 2) has an engine, and 3) can carry one or more passengers. What I would like to say is that "By meeting the three sub-criteria, that thing can be classified as a car _________ ". The closest I can think is "by default" or "by proxy", but neither really seem to fit.
EDIT: After asking this question, I think the phrase is "by virtue of", as in "This thing can be classified as a car by virtue of satisfying the three sub-criteria". Thoughts?