merit definition

  • noun:
    • Superior quality or well worth; excellence: a proposal of some quality; an ill-advised plan without quality.
    • an excellent deserving praise or endorsement; virtue: a store getting the quality to be available late.
    • Demonstrated ability or accomplishment: offers centered on quality alone.
    • an element of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval. Often utilized in the plural: judging men and women in accordance with their merits.
    • Christianity Spiritual credit provided for good works.
    • legislation A party's rigid protection under the law, excluding jurisdictional, personal, or technical aspects.
    • The factual content of a matter, besides emotional, contextual, or formal factors.
    • One thing deserving good recognition.
    • anything worthy of a high score.
    • A claim to commendation or incentive.
    • the caliber of deserving incentive.
    • The quality or condition of deserving really or ill; desert.
    • The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
    • Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation.
    • what is deserved; honor or encourage because of; recompense or consideration deserved.
    • hawaii or reality of deserving; desert, great or bad; intrinsic ground of consideration or prize: most commonly in plural: as, to deal with you relating to his merits.
    • particularly The state or reality of deserving well; good desert; worthiness of incentive or consideration.
    • high quality overall; quality.
    • what deserves consideration or reward; ground of wilderness; claim to notice or commendation: since, to enumerate the merits of an individual, a novel, or a scheme.
    • plural in-law, the proper and wrong of a ease; the rigid appropriate or equitable liberties of the events, as distinguished from questions of treatment and things resting in judicial discernment or benefit; crucial details and maxims that induce a viewpoint free from individual prejudice: since, to evaluate a case on its merits.
    • the grade of becoming deserving (age.g., deserving assistance)
    • any admirable quality or attribute
  • verb-transitive:
    • to make; deserve. See Synonyms at earn1.
    • To earn by solution or performance; to have a right to claim as incentive; to need; occasionally, to need in a bad good sense.
    • To reward.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • becoming worthy or deserving: students are rewarded or fixed, as they merit.
    • to obtain desert; to get price; to get benefit; to profit.
  • verb:
    • to make or even need.
    • is worthy or deserving.
    • be worthy or deserving
  • others:
    • To need; make a right or bear a liability to; be or come to be deserving of: as, to quality incentive or punishment.
    • To deserve as an incentive; earn by commendable action or conduct.
    • To reward.
    • Synonyms and See wilderness, n.
    • To acquire merit, advantage, or profit.

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