meritorious

adjective mer·i·to·ri·ous \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of meritorious

: deserving of honor or esteem
  • honored for her meritorious service to the company

meritoriously

adverb

meritoriousness

noun

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Examples of meritorious in a Sentence

  1. She was given an award for meritorious service.

  2. worked all night with meritorious determination to get the project done on time

Recent Examples of meritorious from the Web

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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

15th century

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MERITORIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

meritorious

Definition of meritorious for English Language Learners

  • : deserving honor or praise


MERITORIOUS Defined for Kids

meritorious

adjective mer·i·to·ri·ous \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs \

Definition of meritorious for Students

: deserving reward or honor : praiseworthy
  • meritorious conduct

Law Dictionary

meritorious

adjective mer·i·to·ri·ous \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əs \

legal Definition of meritorious

1 : deserving of honor or esteem
2 : having merit
  • a meritorious claim


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