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  • n. The state or quality of being deserving.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)


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  • The birther movement, Lewis argued, is completely fueled by this emotional connection to deservingness, which is primed primarily by racial resentment. Main RSS Feed

  • In fact, because those are measures of "deservingness", of worth, it's probably fair to a large degree.

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  • There is a sense of failure and self-deservingness where you think you have the right to walk away from the place with beach vacation best friends and final loves, the pages that confirm an assumed prophecy.


  • Thanks Homer – yeah, it can be kinda sad to the rest of us, but a stupid confident person will usually do well, “deservingness” be damned!

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  • The failure of the CPSC to act when alerted to this cadmium danger further illustrates her dereliction in protecting America's children from life-threatening toxins, and her deep deservingness of a public pillory -- one in which none of the clasps contain lead or cadmium, of course.

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  • You know, the people who have a sense of entitlement or deservingness.

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  • Maybe the point of the story, if it has one, is to illustrate the general perversity of the Britons and their deservingness of punishment by showing that even their holy hermit gave bad advice?

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  • Our deservingness of respect lies not in the regard of our schools or the designation of our degrees, but in our intentions.

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  • It was the way he spoke, the way he looked, his general patheticness, his very helplessness, and deservingness.

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  • He means that Stuart and Cally, Cardoness and Earlston, young laymen as they were, were to labour in sin and in their own hearts till they came to see something of the ungodliness of sin, something of its fiendishness, its malignity, its loathesomeness, its hell-deservingness, its hell-alreadyness.

    Samuel Rutherford


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