Definition of meritorious
: deserving of honor or esteem honored for her meritorious service to the company
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Examples of meritorious in a Sentence
She was given an award for meritorious service.
worked all night with meritorious determination to get the project done on time
Recent Examples of meritorious from the Web
For meritorious achievement while in flight, he was awarded the Air Medal.
After all, being hot and drawing a female audience is more meritorious than looking like Joe Nemechek and winning an occasional race.
Bronze Stars are awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service.
Regardless, the Court does not find Plaintiff’s argument meritorious, and will not insulate counsel from their own strategic machinations.
Discharged in 1946, Mr. Handy's decorations included the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Meritorious Unit Medal.
Stonemetz earned numerous medals for his service in the Army during the Vietnam War, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service, an Army Commendation and three Good Conduct awards, according to the district attorney’s office.
Barney Nagler Award for long and meritorious service: Golden Boy Promotions publicist Bill Caplan.
His company was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
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Did You Know?
People who demonstrate meritorious behavior certainly "earn" our respect, and you can use that fact to remember that "meritorious" ultimately traces to the Latin verb merēre, which means "to earn." Nowadays, the rewards earned for meritorious acts are likely to be of an immaterial nature: gratitude, admiration, praise, etc. But that wasn't always so. The history of "meritorious" recalls a reward more concrete in nature: money. The Latin word meritorius, an ancestor of the English "meritorious," literally means "bringing in money."
First Known Use of meritorious
MERITORIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of meritorious for English Language Learners
: deserving honor or praise
MERITORIOUS Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of meritorious
1 : deserving of honor or esteem
2 : having merit a meritorious claim
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