Definition of on one's own merits
- The five contestants will be judged on their own merits.
: belonging to oneself or itself
used to express immediate or direct kinship
: to have or hold as property : possess
: to have power or mastery over
: to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit
: one or ones belonging to oneself
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