Definition of meritocracy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    meritocracy

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    noun
    NAmE//ˌmɛrəˈtɑkrəsi//
     
    (pl. meritocracies)
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a country or social system where people get power or money on the basis of their ability
  2. 2 the meritocracy [singular] the group of people with power in this kind of social system
meritocratic
 
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NAmE//ˌmɛrət̮əˈkræt̮ɪk//
 
adjective a meritocratic system
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: meritocracy