Adjective "merit" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward.
  1. 'Further, since he owed nothing and gave an infinite gift, he acquired merit and deserves a reward.'
  2. 'I wouldn't support any system that wasn't based purely on merit.'
  3. 'In its structure the ruling elite reflected a world of order and hierarchy in which promotion and status were rewarded on merit.'
  4. 'Prospective trust board members will be selected on merit related to the skills they possess and the skills necessary to manage this reserve.'
  5. 'I worked hard on my college resume so I could get in based on merit.'
  6. 'The selectors deserve credit for picking fourteen players on merit.'
  7. 'Civil servants should be recruited on merit alone.'
  8. 'It makes no sense in a world that bases reward on merit alone, but our God operates on a different level.'
  9. 'All of this clearly has the appearance of rewards based on political favoritism, rather than rewards based on merit.'
  10. 'He knows progress in Europe will put a greater strain on his squad than ever before but he believes he has the foundations and the confidence of knowing they are there on merit.'
  11. 'the relative merits of both approaches have to be considered'
  12. 'In court she has to wrestle with the relative merits of justice and compassion.'
  13. 'What are the relative merits of each and will they eliminate scale already built up?'
  14. 'Whatever the relative merits of her argument, she builds it around a stinker of a movie that is so bad nobody wanted to see it in the first place.'
  15. 'Would-be researchers would do well to think through the relative merits of these contrasting approaches.'
  16. 'But whatever the commercial merits of that approach might be it would be fraught with political problems.'
  17. 'The first chapter talks about the technologies available, the costs associated with each type and the relative merits of each approach.'
  18. 'It does not require a doctorate in economics to assess the relative merits of the Yes and No positions in the referendum campaign.'
  19. 'Whatever the year and whatever the relative merits of new films, one can always find cinematic sanctuary somewhere in Cannes.'
  20. 'There has even been a row about the relative merits of the British and American vaccines.'
  21. 'In such a system it is advantageous for colleagues to argue the relative merits of various approaches (just as we are doing now in Parameters).'
  22. 'Technical merit scores dipped as low as 5.2 to reflect the lack of jump content.'
  23. 'In October 2004, Dennis sat for his final examination in grade 12 and passed with a full certificate having got credits and merits in all the seven subjects.'
  24. 'I am pretty confident that I have passed all my assignments with high enough marks to proceed to the dissertation, with a few recent assignments scoring merits or distinctions.'
  25. 'In my judgment, a court which grants provisional measures is not by virtue of that fact alone definitively seised of jurisdiction on the merits of the dispute.'
  26. 'It is impossible for me to even speculate on the merits of the claim, and the merits are a relevant consideration.'
  27. 'He argued that his clients have a good defense on the merits to the plaintiffs’ claim.'
  28. 'Does that tell you more than that the decision on the merits is wrong?'
  29. 'Second, the letter does not seek to make submissions on the merits of the proposed judicial review application.'
  30. 'Either it rules on the matter in an award on jurisdiction or it deals with the jurisdiction challenge in its award on the merits.'
  31. 'First, he submits that in many significant respects the facts need to be resolved before anyone can make a meaningful judgment on the merits of either justification or qualified privilege.'
  32. 'Can I then come to what the defendants say on the merits.'
  33. 'That is to say there was no entitlement to judicial review on the merits of the question according to Justice Gray.'
  34. 'If evidence is presented by the defendant showing an arguable case on the merits in defence to the plaintiff's claim, this matter may be returned for reconsideration before any judge.'


Deserve or be worthy of (reward, punishment, or attention)
  1. 'While meriting attention by astronomers, there is no cause for public attention or public concern as an actual collision is very unlikely.'
  2. 'He developed four categories of criminals, each meriting different forms of punishment: Extreme, impulsive, professional, and endemic.'
  3. 'That stated, it has to be reported that it held the first night audience's attention and justly merited their cheers.'
  4. 'Jack thought it was a turning point, but did not think the foul merited the punishment.'
  5. 'I could not detect any point meriting attention.'
  6. 'All this would have merited some serious attention from Peter.'
  7. 'By now the trend is prominent enough to have merited a New York Times Magazine cover story.'
  8. 'The final category of claimant meriting some consideration is the rescuer.'
  9. 'However, the shortage and hence high price of particular skills can often be significant enough to merit the attention of a strategic assessment.'
  10. 'Because the bill says that without a report of that panel there may be conduct meriting dismissal, the Attorney-General cannot take it further.'

More definitions

1. claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth.

2. something that deserves or justifies a reward or commendation; a commendable quality, act, etc.: The book's only merit is its sincerity.

3. merits, the inherent rights and wrongs of a matter, as a lawsuit, unobscured by procedural details, technicalities, personal feelings, etc.: The case will be decided on its merits alone.

4. Often, merits. the state or fact of deserving; desert: to treat people according to their merits. |-

More examples(as adjective)

"goodses can be merit."

"rates can be merit."

"wines can be merit."

"vineyardses can be merit."

"specifics includeds can be merit."

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Middle English (originally in the sense ‘deserved reward or punishment’): via Old French from Latin meritum ‘due reward’, from mereri ‘earn, deserve’.


judge (or consider) something on its merits