Definition of meritorious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəs/


1Deserving reward or praise: a medal for meritorious conduct
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  • The president praised teachers for their meritorious service in educating students, but declined to touch on teachers' complaints about their meager wages and poor living conditions.
  • ‘Hutch’ was particularly interested in promoting the professional growth of deserving, meritorious young scientists.
  • Obedience to the divine will is meritorious, and brings reward; disobedience is lethally punished.
1.1 Law , chiefly North American (Of an action or claim) likely to succeed on the merits of the case: the costs involved in civil litigation may prevent a meritorious appeal
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  • And not every meritorious claim will be sufficiently lucrative to attract a lawyer willing to work on a contingent fee basis.
  • And the Court has repeatedly refused to bend on this point - even when possibly meritorious claims of people on death row have been at stake.
  • The ‘one petition’ rule cuts off meritless and meritorious claims alike, based merely on the sequence of filings.



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  • Students will pass their exams meritoriously.
  • He was meritoriously advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class by the Chief of Navy Operations in a recent Pentagon ceremony.
  • In a pre-emptive strike against the menacing spectre of boredom, I had decided I would write a letter to someone conducting themselves meritoriously.


Pronunciation: /ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəsnəs/
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  • The result is a tastier product that commands a higher price on its merits, not just its meritoriousness.
  • Even though he is born in such a state, the quality of his meritoriousness will not be affected.
  • Good works in the sense of meritoriousness are naturally an abomination to God.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'entitling a person to reward'): from late Latin meritorius (from merit- 'earned', from the verb mereri) + -ous.

Words that rhyme with meritorious

censorious, glorious, laborious, notorious, uproarious, uxorious, vainglorious, victorious

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Line breaks: meri|tori¦ous

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