noun mer·it \ˈmer-ət, ˈme-rət\

: a good quality or feature that deserves to be praised

: the quality of being good, important, or useful : value or worth

Full Definition of MERIT

a obsolete :  reward or punishment due
b :  the qualities or actions that constitute the basis of one's deserts
c :  a praiseworthy quality :  virtue
d :  character or conduct deserving reward, honor, or esteem; also :  achievement
:  spiritual credit held to be earned by performance of righteous acts and to ensure future benefits
a plural :  the substance of a legal case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form
b :  individual significance or justification
mer·it·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of MERIT

  1. She saw merit in both of the arguments.
  2. The study has no scientific merit.

Origin of MERIT

Middle English, from Anglo-French merite, from Latin meritum, from neuter of meritus, past participle of merēre to deserve, earn; akin to Greek meiresthai to receive as one's portion, meros part
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with MERIT



: to deserve (something, such as attention or good treatment) by being important or good

Full Definition of MERIT

transitive verb
:  to be worthy of or entitled or liable to :  earn
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to be entitled to reward or honor
:  deserve

Examples of MERIT

  1. Both ideas merit further consideration.
  2. These issues merit special attention.
  3. His good work merits a raise.
  4. She did well enough to merit a second interview.
  5. The attention she received was not merited.

First Known Use of MERIT


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