American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Superior quality or worth; excellence: a proposal of some merit; an ill-advised plan without merit.
- n. A quality deserving praise or approval; virtue: a store having the merit of being open late.
- n. Demonstrated ability or achievement: promotions based on merit alone.
- n. An aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval. Often used in the plural: judging people according to their merits.
- n. Christianity Spiritual credit granted for good works.
- n. Law A party's strict legal rights, excluding jurisdictional, personal, or technical aspects.
- n. The factual content of a matter, apart from emotional, contextual, or formal considerations.
- v. To earn; deserve. See Synonyms at earn1.
- v. To be worthy or deserving: Pupils are rewarded or corrected, as they merit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is deserved; honor or reward due; recompense or consideration deserved.
- n. The state or fact of deserving; desert, good or bad; intrinsic ground of consideration or award: most commonly in the plural: as, to treat a person according to his merits.
- n. Specifically The state or fact of deserving well; good desert; worthiness of reward or consideration.
- n. Good quality in general; excellence.
- n. That which deserves consideration or reward; ground of desert; claim to notice or commendation: as, to enumerate the merits of a person, a book, or a scheme.
- n. plural In law, the right and wrong of a ease; the strict legal or equitable rights of the parties, as distinguished from questions of procedure and matters resting in judicial discretion or favor; essential facts and principles that lead to an opinion clear of personal bias: as, to judge a case on its merits.
- To deserve; earn a right or incur a liability to; be or become deserving of: as, to merit reward or punishment.
- To deserve as a reward; earn by commendable action or conduct.
- To reward.
- Synonyms and See desert, n.
- To acquire merit, benefit, or profit.
- n. Something deserving good recognition.
- n. Something worthy of a high rating.
- n. A claim to commendation or reward.
- n. The quality of deserving reward.
- v. transitive To earn or to deserve.
- v. intransitive To be worthy or deserving.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
- n. The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
- n. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation.
- v. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense.
- v. R. & Obs. To reward.
- v. obsolete To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.
- n. the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)
- n. any admirable quality or attribute
- v. be worthy or deserving
- From Middle English merite, from Old French merite, from Latin meritum ("that which one deserves, just deserts; service, kindness, benefit, fault, blame, demerit, grounds, reason, worth, value, importance"), neuter of meritus, past participle of mereō ("I deserve, earn, gain, get, acquire"), akin to Ancient Greek μέρος (meros, "a part, lot, fate, destiny"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French merite, reward or punishment, from Latin meritum, from neuter past participle of merēre, to deserve; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term merit is often applied to Christ's passive obedience as well as to his active.”
“Pope Gregory XVI (1832) instituted two medals which he called merit-medals to reward civil and military daring and courage.”
“The association represents what it calls merit-shop contractors, which include both union and non-union businesses.”
“Granting Salvation to some and denying it to others regardless of merit is unjust.”
“Skewed outcomes indicate skewed opportunity, unless we want to theorize that the US has higher variance in merit or luck than other countries (most of OECD) where the outcomes are less skewed.”
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“These same MBA and HR-types will argue that merit is also the way to manage the herd and weed out poor performers.”
“We have selection lists in YALSA where literary merit is not a criteria, because once again it's all about connecting books and readers.”
“It goes on to say that the district will include teacher evaluation criteria linked to student growth - so this will practically result in merit pay or punitive action, it is difficult to get around this fact.”
“I believe that giving work based on gender and not on merit is sexism.”
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