Share this entry

Share this page

deserving

Syllabification: de·serv·ing
Pronunciation: /dəˈzərviNG
 
/

Definition of deserving in English:

adjective

Worthy of being treated in a particular way, typically of being given assistance: the deserving poor
More example sentences
  • Why is that person more deserving of praise and respect than anyone else?
  • The police are not any more deserving of respect than teachers, nurses or your local hooker.
  • If so, then why not see some race or nation or class as more fully human and more deserving of respect and preservation than others?
Synonyms
respectable, decent, honorable, righteous
meriting, warranting, justifying, suitable for, worthy of

Derivatives

deservingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • He pointed out that many a politician is being called ‘the Honourable this and that’ when he would more deservingly be called ‘Dishonourable’!
  • Thus the fly-away-five deservingly held on to the finish: though in fact there was mere seconds between the whole field at the finish.
  • He was in awesome form, scoring two tries as Leicester rolled over the opposition and he deservingly won the coveted Man of the Match award.

deservingness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • A noncomparative desert principle associates a proper amount of recognition, remuneration, or reward with an individual's particular level of deservingness.
  • Here the concept of deservingness, or the extent to which an individual is perceived to be deserving of high quality health care, can mediate the treatment received.
  • Moral ideas like deservingness or fairness have no role in this system.

Definition of deserving in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing