merit system


Definition of 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 In a 2017 report about the city’s policing practices, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the Chicago Police Department’s merit system, saying officials had not been transparent in their decisions about promotions. Jeremy Gorner,, 22 July 2021 In retirement, O’Connor has campaigned around the United States to abolish elections for judges, believing that a merit system leads to a more qualified and untainted judiciary. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 Chris Taliaferro, head of the council’s Public Safety Committee, who argued that a merit system was still necessary. Jeremy Gorner,, 22 July 2021 Such managers are part of the state’s merit system, but rank too highly to be eligible for representation by a state employee union that could negotiate bigger raises for them. Jon Lender,, 1 May 2021 The images apparently were in response to the unanimous school board’s vote to use a lottery system for admission this fall to Lowell High School rather than a merit system based on academics, board members said. Jill Tucker,, 26 Oct. 2020 And should there be a merit system, as President Trump wants? NBC News, 13 Sep. 2019 An order for Stimpson to provide an accounting of all employees hired outside the merit system process. al, 22 Aug. 2019 Classroom education is a farce; the merit system is an ongoing game of move-the-goalposts; and Elwood is enlisted on trips to transfer Nickel’s provisions to white businesses, or serve as free labor at the homes of the friends of Nickel’s minders. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of merit system

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Merit system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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