Meritorious meaning

mĕrĭ-tôrē-əs
The definition of meritorious is something that has value or that is deserving of praise or rewards.

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.

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Deserving reward or praise; having merit.
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Having merit; deserving reward, praise, etc.
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Deserving of merit or commendation; deserving reward.

The policeman received the Award of Meritorious Service from his grateful department.

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Origin of meritorious

  • Middle English from Latin meritōrius earning money from meritus past participle of merēre to earn merit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, borrowed between 1375 and 1425 from Latin meritōrius (“earning money"), from meritus, past participle of mereō (“to earn")

    From Wiktionary