Definition of merit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmerɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪt//
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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. 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 up the relative merits of the four candidates.
  3. 3[countable] (British English) a mark/grade in an exam or for a piece of work at school or university which is excellent See related entries: School life
  4. 4[countable] (British English) a mark/grade given as a reward for good behaviour at school See related entries: School life
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (originally in the sense ‘deserved reward or punishment’): via Old French from Latin meritum ‘due reward’, from mereri ‘earn, deserve’.Extra examples Films are given a rating of one to five stars according to merit. I began to question the merits of these new technologies. I can see no merit in excluding the child from school. I find no merit at all in any of the arguments. I found no artistic merit in this film. Other schools already have merit systems in place that reward good work. Prizes are awarded entirely on merit. She proved her merit as a serious actress. She received a merit award for outstanding work. She saw the merit in this arrangement. She was elected on personal merit. The film has no artistic merit whatsoever. The play lacked artistic merit. The winners are ranked in order of merit. There is lots of merit to the idea. There is some merit in his argument. We need to assess the merits of both proposals before making our decision. We need to consider the relative merits of both makes of cooker. a lawsuit that lacked any real merit decisions on merit raises and promotions I want to get the job on merit. It’s a work of outstanding artistic merit. We will consider each case on its (own) merits. Whatever the artist’s individual merits, he really can’t compete with the great painters.
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