on one's own merits

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on one's own merits

: according to one's skills and one's good and bad qualities
  • The five contestants will be judged on their own merits.

Word by Word Definitions

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

merit play merits
  1. : reward or punishment due

  2. : the qualities or actions that constitute the basis of one's deserts

  3. : a praiseworthy quality : virtue

  1. : to be worthy of or entitled or liable to : earn

  2. : to be entitled to reward or honor

  3. : deserve


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