Meritocracy meaning

mĕrĭ-tŏkrə-sē
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A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
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An intellectual elite, based on academic achievement.
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A system in which such an elite achieves special status, as in positions of leadership.
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Rule by merit, and talent. By extension, now often used to describe a type of society where wealth, income, and social status are assigned through competition.
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Origin of meritocracy

  • merit, from Latin mereō (“earn") + -cracy, from Ancient Greek κράτος (kratos, “strength, power").

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  • Coined in 1958 by Michael Young, in his book Rise of the Meritocracy.

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