from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
- noun A group of leaders or officeholders selected on the basis of individual ability or achievement.
- noun Leadership by such a group.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects.
- noun The belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth.
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- noun Rule by
merit, and talent. By extension, now often used to describe a type of societywhere wealth, income, and social statusare assigned through competition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth
- noun a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
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Firstly, the term meritocracy has been redefined since it was originally conceived, and is now taken to be a positive term.
My late father, the sociologist Michael Young, coined the word "meritocracy" - but as a term of opprobrium rather than approval.
But if the meritocracy is a myth, it doesn't exist ... and I think it does, though quite imperfectly.
An attempt at a meritocracy is a step forward from wholesale exclusion based on race and culture.
So why are some people taking certain percentages in certain groups to be signs of total oppression and evidence that the meritocracy is a sham?
ccfinlay: And Now For Something A Bit Different ccfinlay 2007
A meritocracy is the backbone of any successful institution; performance -- both individual and organizational -- is doomed without one.
Wall Street's record-breaking paystubs: Pay for performance? Really? Jena McGregor 2010
The stick of meritocracy is only valid till the extent wherein employees of these companies can have a sincere belief that its not a pure political game.
You're suggesting that giving up on the myth of meritocracy is different from giving up on a meritocracy.
This myth of meritocracy is so entrenched that very few are aware of it.
"I think baseball's meritocracy is one of its most admirable features even now as, in our larger country, we demonize the contributions of the very immigrant groups that baseball has wholly embraced."