figure of merit

noun phrase

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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of figure of merit was circa 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Figure of merit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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