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merit

mer·it

merit

 
 
pronunciation:
me riht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: worth or high quality.
synonyms:
value, worth
antonyms:
inferiority
similar words:
ability, account, caliber, distinction, excellence, goodness, quality, virtue, worthiness
definition 2: character or achievement that deserves reward, praise, or approval.
synonyms:
credit, virtue
antonyms:
demerit, failing, fault
similar words:
ability, asset, distinction, good, grace, honor, talent, worth
definition 3: (pl.) features or qualities of a person that show worthiness.
She wanted to get the job based on her own merits and not because of her father's connections.
definition 4: (pl.) in legal disputes, the points of substance at issue, as opposed to procedural matters.
He won the case on the merits.
similar words:
facts
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: merited, meriting, merits
definition: to warrant or deserve.
Such good work merits praise.
synonyms:
deserve, warrant
similar words:
call for, earn, invite
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derivations: meritable (adj.), merited (adj.), meritless (adj.)