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meritocracy

Syllabification: mer·i·toc·ra·cy
Pronunciation: /ˌmerəˈtäkrəsē
 
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Definition of meritocracy in English:

noun (plural meritocracies)

1Government or the holding of power by people selected on the basis of their ability.
Example sentences
  • For the first time in the 20th century, Britain's agonisingly slow progress towards meritocracy went into reverse.
  • What is happening to the campaigning steamroller that was going to propel the new prophets of technocratic and meritocracy craving Labor into power?
  • Many liberal democracies, Britain included, justify wide disparities in the income levels of the rich and poor in terms of a doctrine of meritocracy.
1.1A society governed by meritocracy.
Example sentences
  • In the earlier article, Herrnstein argued that our society is a meritocracy where not only does the cream rise to the top, but it starts near the top from day one.
  • Social mobility will therefore be high during the transition period to a meritocracy and as society becomes more equal.
  • If no one accuses me of saying that we're living in a caste system or rigid class society I promise not to ask anyone to defend our society as a pure meritocracy.
1.2A ruling or influential class of educated or skilled people.
Example sentences
  • However, they embrace the meritocracies of education and athletics, two pursuits that have come to be associated especially, though not exclusively, with American middle-class culture.
  • Sure, the ideal of a meritocracy - Jefferson's aristocracy of talent and all that - is very old, but America fell short of it for a long time.
  • De Bottan's comparison between Aristocracies and meritocracies does indeed seem facile if you look at it as the be-all and end-all of happiness - but its not if you remember its context.

Derivatives

meritocratic

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Pronunciation: /ˌmeritəˈkratik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • But the meritocratic system that produced Laura and me not only produced outsized expectations; it inculcated a belief that we deserved wonderful jobs and a comfortable lifestyle.
  • The intelligence needed to get a place in the cognitive elite may become more concentrated in a fair meritocratic society.
  • At the very least this implies the claim that markets are more meritocratic than the public sector.

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