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qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one’s actions, qualities, or situation:
the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
meriting; worthy:
a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.
often postpositive and foll by of. worthy, esp of praise or reward
(rare) a merit or demerit; desert


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