on one's own merits
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
: 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
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