AskDefine | Define merit

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1 any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit" [syn: virtue] [ant: demerit]
2 the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded" [syn: deservingness, meritoriousness] v : be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done" [syn: deserve]

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  • mĕr'ĭt


  1. Something deserving either good or bad.
    • His reward for his merit was a check for $50.
  2. Something worthy of a high rating.
  3. A claim to commendation or reward.
  4. The quality of deserving reward.



  1. To earn or to deserve.
  2. To be worthy or deserving.

Extensive Definition

The term merit is used in both Christianity and Buddhism. See:
merit can also mean:
MERIT (now known as UNU-MERIT) is the Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology.

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