meritocracy


mer·i·toc·ra·cy

noun \ˌmer-ə-ˈtä-krə-sē\
plural mer·i·toc·ra·cies

Definition of MERITOCRACY

1
:  a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement
2
:  leadership selected on the basis of intellectual criteria
mer·it·o·crat·ic \ˌmer-ə-tə-ˈkra-tik\ adjective

Origin of MERITOCRACY

1merit + -o- + -cracy
First Known Use: 1958

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with MERITOCRACY

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