merit system


: a system by which appointments and promotions in the civil service are based on competence rather than political favoritism

Examples of merit system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Knight said the jail implemented a merit system where residents can earn privileges for good behavior, like longer phone calls to loved ones and a later, 10 p.m. bedtime. Christine MacDonald, Detroit Free Press, 30 Jan. 2024 Luton Town’s rise to the world’s richest soccer league proves England’s fabled merit system still works. Rory Smith, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 Employees would be under the state merit system. Mike Cason |, al, 12 Aug. 2021 There was no clear merit system to help outstanding scientists. Amy Barth, Discover Magazine, 2 Jan. 2012 Perry plans to propose a merit system that would encourage first responders of all kinds to go beyond the minimum requirements of the job and be financially compensated for it. Abigail Hasebroock, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 The merit system works as a set of guidelines for all employees in the Maricopa County classified service. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2022 The merit increase pool includes $16,971 for part-time firefighters and inspectors whose positions are not subject to the merit system. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 24 May 2022 Councilmember Marni von Wilpert, who is spearheading efforts behind the measure, said protections for workers would not be damaged and the merit system would remain unchanged. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of merit system was in 1879

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“Merit system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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