mer·​i·​to·​ri·​ous | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce meritorious (audio) \

Definition of meritorious

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

Other Words from meritorious

meritoriously adverb
meritoriousness noun

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People who demonstrate meritorious behavior certainly "earn" our respect, and you can use that fact to remember that meritorious comes from 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. In Latin, meritorious literally means "bringing in money."

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 on the Web These, according to the program statement, are meritorious awards meant to not only reward those in the BOP who go above and beyond in their role, but also provide incentives and morale boosters for the staff. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The proportion of these filings that the NLRB deemed meritorious did not change during this period. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 HiQ has therefore raised serious questions about whether LinkedIn may invoke the CFAA to preempt hiQ's possibly meritorious tortious interference claim. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 The meritorious program comes most alive through participant stories and footage of the teams scrambling to build and test their robots. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 Teachers Lauren Haman of Maine South and Kelly Voigt of Maine West earned meritorious service recognition in the Early Career Educator category. Jennifer Johnson,, 5 Mar. 2022 She was recognized for her exceptionally meritorious service to our nation and duty of great responsibility. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2022 The toolbox case involves the heart-attack death of reservist Tom Masuda, a meritorious service award recipient physician who died mid-surgery. Sara Netzley,, 8 Mar. 2022 At this point, fighting convention is a winning quality for aspiring Republican leaders like her and meritorious on its own. Philip Elliott, Time, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meritorious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Meritorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for meritorious


mer·​i·​to·​ri·​ous | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce meritorious (audio) \

Kids Definition of meritorious

: deserving reward or honor : praiseworthy meritorious conduct


mer·​i·​to·​ri·​ous | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əs How to pronounce meritorious (audio) \

Legal Definition of meritorious

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

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