- A lawsuit that actually makes a valid legal claim for which the plaintiff should recover compensation is an example of a meritorious lawsuit.
- A valiant effort for which you are rewarded with a certificate of participation for trying so hard is an example of a meritorious effort.
Origin of meritoriousMiddle English from Classical Latin meritorius, bringing in money from meritus: see merit
Origin of meritoriousMiddle English from Latin meritōrius earning money from meritus past participle of merēre to earn ; see merit .
(comparative more meritorious, superlative most meritorious)
From Middle English, borrowed between 1375 and 1425 from Latin meritÅrius (“earning money"), from meritus, past participle of mereÅ (“to earn")