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merit

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noun mer·it \ˈmer-ət, ˈme-rət\

Definition of merit

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  spiritual credit held to be earned by performance of righteous acts and to ensure future benefits

  3. 3 a plural :  the substance of a legal case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form b :  individual significance or justification

meritless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of merit in a sentence

  1. She saw merit in both of the arguments.

  2. The study has no scientific merit.

Origin and Etymology 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


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verb mer·it

Definition of merit

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be worthy of or entitled or liable to :  earn

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 obsolete :  to be entitled to reward or honor

  5. 2 :  deserve

Examples of merit in a sentence

  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.

1526

First Known Use of merit

1526



MERIT Defined for English Language Learners

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merit

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noun mer·it \ˈmer-ət, ˈme-rət\

Definition of merit for English Language Learners

  • : a good quality or feature that deserves to be praised

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


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verb mer·it

Definition of merit for English Language Learners

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


MERIT Defined for Kids

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merit

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noun mer·it \ˈmer-ət\

Definition of merit for Students

  1. 1 :  the condition or fact of deserving reward or punishment <Students are graded according to merit.>

  2. 2 :  2worth 1, value <“Your suggestion has merit,” he said. — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>

  3. 3 :  a quality worthy of praise :  virtue <the merit of honesty>


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verb mer·it

Definition of merit for Students

merited

meriting

  1. :  to be worthy of or have a right to <Both ideas merit further consideration.>


Law Dictionary

merit

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noun mer·it \ˈmer-ət\

Legal Definition of merit

  1. 1 pl :  the substance of a case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form <a ruling on the merits of the case> — see also judgment on the merits at judgment 1a

  2. 2 :  legal significance, standing, or worth <an argument without merit>



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