meritocracy

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noun mer·i·toc·ra·cy \ˌmer-ə-ˈtä-krə-sē\

Definition of meritocracy

plural

meritocracies

  1. 1 :  a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement only the elite, in that new meritocracy, would enjoy the opporunity for self-fulfillment — R. P. Warren

  2. 2 :  leadership selected on the basis of intellectual criteria many private schools have sold their birthright by choosing … “diversity” over scholarly meritocracy — L. G. Crovitz

meritocratic

play \ˌmer-ə-tə-ˈkra-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of meritocracy

1merit + -o- + -cracy


First Known Use: 1958


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