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meritorious

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adjective mer·i·to·ri·ous \ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs\

Simple Definition of meritorious

  • : deserving honor or praise

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of meritorious

  1. :  deserving of honor or esteem

meritoriously

adverb

meritoriousness

noun

Examples of meritorious in a sentence

  1. She was given an award for meritorious service.

  2. <worked all night with meritorious determination to get the project done on time>



Did You Know?

People who demonstrate meritorious behavior certainly "earn" our respect, and you can use that fact to remember that "meritorious" ultimately traces to the Latin verb merēre, which means "to earn." Nowadays, the rewards earned for meritorious acts are likely to be of an immaterial nature: gratitude, admiration, praise, etc. But that wasn't always so. The history of "meritorious" recalls a reward more concrete in nature: money. The Latin word meritorius, an ancestor of the English "meritorious," literally means "bringing in money."

15th Century

First Known Use of meritorious

15th century


MERITORIOUS Defined for Kids

meritorious

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adjective mer·i·to·ri·ous \ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs\

Definition of meritorious for Students

  1. :  deserving reward or honor :  praiseworthy <meritorious conduct>




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meritorious

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adjective mer·i·to·ri·ous \ˌmer-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əs\

Legal Definition of meritorious

  1. 1 :  deserving of honor or esteem

  2. 2 :  having merit <a meritorious claim>





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