meritocracy

noun mer·i·toc·ra·cy \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtä-krə-sē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of meritocracy

plural meritocracies
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 opportunity for self-fulfillment
  • —R. P. Warren
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

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Origin and Etymology of meritocracy

1merit + -o- + -cracy


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