merit

Merit means "worthiness or excellence." If you receive a certificate of merit in school, you are being recognized for doing a good job. As a verb, merit means "deserve." Your certificate might merit a prominent place on your bulletin board!

You will often hear the phrases merit-based promotion and merit-based pay, which come up when employees are pushing against a system in which time on the job––and not job performance––determines when workers are promoted and how much they are paid. Using the word merit suggests impartiality and objectivity––such as when you swear off a prejudiced approach to something and vow to "judge it on its merits."

Definitions of merit
1

n the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

Synonyms:
deservingness, meritoriousness
Type of:
worthiness
the quality or state of having merit or value

n any admirable quality or attribute

“work of great merit
Synonyms:
virtue
Antonyms:
demerit, fault
a quality or feature deserving censure
Type of:
worth
the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

v be worthy or deserving

Synonyms:
deserve
Types:
have it coming
deserve (either good or bad)
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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