Adjective "demerit" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A fault or disadvantage.
  1. '‘I do not intend to do so; it would be entirely inappropriate for me to engage in public debate on the merits or demerits of the Bill,’ he wrote.'
  2. 'I have no interest in getting into a debate about what is and what isn't traditional music, or the musical merits and demerits of my chosen instruments.'
  3. 'He dressed for the occasion, received higher class audiences, held forth on the merits and demerits of the film and was usually an expert on public taste.'
  4. 'Let us look at the merits and demerits of centrally governed cities.'
  5. 'To get a favourable rating, employees may endorse every action of their superiors without analysing its merits and demerits.'
  6. 'So, if you would like to read, or have already read, these books and are interested in having some lively discussion on their merits or demerits, contact Deirdre on the number above.'
  7. 'There are heated arguments about the merits and demerits of studying with the television set turned on, especially when it is examination time.'
  8. 'Then people will concentrate on the merits or demerits of the book.'
  9. 'The starting point of discussion is in the context of a broader discussion on the merits and demerits of the national tax system.'
  10. 'At that time, I will try to set out what I think are the chief merits and demerits of our Constitutional proposal.'
A mark awarded against someone for a fault or offence.
  1. 'The contract between the parties establishes a behaviour policy and a demerit point system.'
  2. 'The amendment proposes to add 10 demerit points to that offence.'
  3. 'Failure to supply the details of the driver is itself an offence which can result in the owner receiving demerit points or a disqualification.'
  4. 'Full marks for actually responding, demerits for tardiness.'
  5. 'This, even with Australia's ubiquitous double demerit penalty that applies during any public holiday.'
  6. 'Governments continue to agonise about ways of reducing the road toll, through speeds, more police, double demerit points, more advertising.'
  7. 'It was used, for example, when a pupil had received five demerit marks.'
  8. 'Double demerit points for speeding and seatbelt offences will operate from December 19 to January 2.'

More definitions

1. a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency: If you receive four demerits during a term, you will be expelled from school.

2. the quality of being censurable or punishable; fault; culpability.

3. Obsolete. merit or desert.

More examples(as adjective)

"points can be demerit."

"systems can be demerit."


Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘merit’): from Old French desmerite or Latin demeritum ‘something deserved’, neuter past participle of demereri, from de- ‘thoroughly’ (also understood in medieval Latin as denoting reversal) + mereri ‘to merit’.