[mer-i-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-] /ˌmɛr ɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr-/
deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy:
to receive a gift for meritorious service.
praiseworthy; showing merit
early 15c., “deserving of divine grace,” from Latin meritorius “that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned,” from meritus, past participle of merere “to earn” (see merit (n.)). Related: Meritoriously; meritoriousness.
noun 1. an additional sum paid to an employee, as a schoolteacher, whose work is superior and whose services are valued.
[mer-it] /ˈmɛr ɪt/ noun 1. claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth. 2. something that deserves or justifies a reward or commendation; a commendable quality, act, etc.: The book’s only merit is its sincerity. 3. merits, the inherent rights and wrongs of a matter, as a lawsuit, unobscured by procedural details, technicalities, personal feelings, etc.: […]
noun 1. a system or policy whereby people are promoted or rewarded on the basis of ability and achievement rather than because of seniority, quotas, patronage, or the like. noun 1. (US) the system of employing and promoting civil servants solely on the basis of ability rather than patronage Compare spoils system
[merk] /mɛrk/ noun, Chiefly Scot. 1. 2 (def 3).