An example of merit is someone receiving an award for their charity work.
- [sometimes pl.] the state, fact, or quality of deserving well or, sometimes, ill; desert
- worth; value; excellence
- something deserving reward, praise, or gratitude
- a reward or honor given for superior qualities or conduct; mark, badge, etc. awarded for excellence
- [pl.] intrinsic rightness or wrongness apart from formalities, emotional considerations, etc.: to decide a case on its merits
Origin of meritOld French merite from Classical Latin meritum from meritus, past participle of merere, to deserve, earn, akin to mereri, to serve for hire from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)mer-, to remember, care (hence provide for, allot a share to) from source mourn, Classical Latin memor, mora, Classical Greek meros, a part, moira, lot, fate
- a. Superior quality or worth; excellence: a proposal of some merit; an ill-advised plan without merit.b. A quality deserving praise or approval; virtue: a store having the merit of being open late.
- Demonstrated ability or achievement: promotions based on merit alone.
- often merits An aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval: judging people according to their merits.
- In various religions, spiritual credit granted for good works.
- merits a. Law The factors to be considered in making a substantive decision in a case, independent of procedural or technical aspects: a trial on the merits.b. The factual content of a matter, apart from emotional, contextual, or formal considerations.
verbmer·it·ed, mer·it·ing, mer·its
Origin of meritMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present merits, present participle meriting, simple past and past participle merited)
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 mereÅ (“I deserve, earn, gain, get, acquire"), akin to Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÏÎ¿Ï‚ (meros, “a part, lot, fate, destiny").
merit - Legal Definition
- The substantive elements of a claim or defense.
- The validity of a claim or defense (as in “the defense of impossibility is without merit”).