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Definition of merit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    merit

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    NAmE//ˈmɛrət//
     
     
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  1. 1 [uncountable] (formal) the quality of being good and of deserving praise, reward, or admiration synonym worth a work of outstanding artistic merit The plan is entirely without merit. I want to get the job on merit and not because I know the president of the company. He was awarded a certificate of merit for his piano playing.
  2. 2 [countable, usually plural] a good feature that deserves praise, reward, or admiration synonym strength We will consider each case on its (own) merits (= without considering any other issues, feelings, etc.). They weighed the relative merits of the four candidates.
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