figure of merit

noun phrase

Definition of figure of merit

: a numerical quantity based on one or more characteristics of a system or device that represents a measure of efficiency or effectiveness

First Known Use of figure of merit

circa 1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Figure of merit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/figure%20of%20merit. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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