: on a person's having the required skills or qualifications
Hiring decisions are based entirely on merit.
Recent Examples on the Web Bergeron, who last year won the Selke for a record fifth time, deserves it again on merit alone. —Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Apr. 2023 Pauker noted that the academy will consider the petition on merit, irrespective of the number of signatories. —Alan Zeitlin, Sun Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2023 Work samples are a more accurate predictor of performance than interviews or CVs - and allow all candidates to be judged fairly on merit and skill alone. —Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Sure, Prince George is technically closer in line for the throne than his sister Charlotte, but if these things were decided on merit and ability to follow and enforce royal protocol, the 7-year-old princess would be crowned tomorrow. —Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 19 Sep. 2022 Raimondo said the winners were chosen based on merit rather than politics. —Josh Boak, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 According to Orsi, Bloodmoon won the bake-off on merit. —James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 In an interview this month, Steve Simon, the chief executive of the WTA Tour, said the organization had to live up to its principle that access to tournaments for players should be based on merit alone. —New York Times, 23 May 2022 Afterward, Hutchinson spokeswoman Shealyn Sowers said an exact date has not been determined for when the governor will make a decision of how much money executive branch agencies will be authorized to spend on merit raises for employees at the end of this fiscal year. —Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 14 May 2022 See More
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