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
Barney Nagler Award for long and meritorious service: Golden Boy Promotions publicist Bill Caplan.
His company was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
A day and a night [fighting for Islam] is more meritorious than a month of fasting.
Fear of drama arises when the documentary genre is seen as meritorious unto itself and film criticism veers toward op-ed punditry in lieu of aesthetics.
With a full power of removal, the President will be more likely to spare unworthy officers through fear than to displace the meritorious through caprice or passion.
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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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