meritorious

adjective
mer·​i·​to·​ri·​ous | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce meritorious (audio) \

Definition of meritorious

: deserving of honor or esteem honored for her meritorious service to the company

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Other Words from meritorious

meritoriously adverb
meritoriousness noun

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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."

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 on the Web One from this month in Kuwait shows her beaming with her meritorious promotion to sergeant. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 And the other involves the issue of meritorious promotion and relegation, both at the heart of British soccer. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2021 He also has been recognized for his leadership and performance in the line of duty and has received lifesaving awards and a meritorious service medal. C.r. Walker, chicagotribune.com, 5 Oct. 2021 When a new defense minister, Peter Dutton, took office in April, one of his first acts was to reverse a decision to strip a meritorious unit citation from a group of about 3,000 special forces soldiers at the center of the misconduct report. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 London and Paris may have chosen different strategies—and there is nothing to say that both are equally meritorious—but the parallels between these two nations are obvious. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2021 One from this month in Kuwait shows her beaming with her meritorious promotion to sergeant. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 The system already is overwhelmed by a massive backlog of more than 300,000 pending cases and an underfunded administrative structure which results in massive delays for even the most meritorious cases. Michael Posner, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 One from this month in Kuwait shows her beaming with her meritorious promotion to sergeant. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of meritorious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2021

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“Meritorious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meritorious. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for meritorious

meritorious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of meritorious

: deserving honor or praise

meritorious

adjective
mer·​i·​to·​ri·​ous | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce meritorious (audio) \

Kids Definition of meritorious

: deserving reward or honor : praiseworthy meritorious conduct

meritorious

adjective
mer·​i·​to·​ri·​ous | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əs How to pronounce meritorious (audio) \

Legal Definition of meritorious

1 : deserving of honor or esteem
2 : having merit a meritorious claim

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