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  • nounadvantage
  • verbbe entitled to

synonyms for merit

  • benefit
  • dignity
  • excellence
  • integrity
  • quality
  • stature
  • talent
  • value
  • virtue
  • worthiness
  • arete
  • asset
  • caliber
  • credit
  • desert
  • excellency
  • good
  • goodness
  • honor
  • perfection
  • worth
  • strong point
See also synonyms for: merited / merits / unmerited

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is another word for merit?

Merit can refer to a good or commendable quality, or someone or something’s worth or value.

To say that someone earned something based on merit often means that they earned it based on excellence or performance.

Relatedly, the word meritocracy is used to refer to a system (such as a workplace) in which people are thought to be rewarded or advanced based on merit, meaning their talent, ability, or accomplishments—as opposed to aspects of their identity, such as their class.

A legal case judged on its merits is one judged on the facts and arguments alone, as opposed to one’s personal feelings, such as about the people involved.

Merit can also be used as a verb meaning to deserve or be worthy of something, as in I think this merits a celebration! The word warrant has a similar meaning, but it’s more broadly used (merit is most commonly used in positive contexts).

How is merit different from advantage?

What is the opposite (antonym) of merit?

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antonyms for merit

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  • disadvantage
  • dishonor
  • disrespect
  • evil
  • ill repute
  • wickedness
  • worthlessness
  • demerit
  • fault
  • weakness
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    How to use merit in a sentence

    The mayor and her team made an offer to our members late last night, which merits further review.
    LAWSUITS, LOCKOUTS AND STRIKE THREATS: FIGHTS TO REOPEN CLASSROOMS REACH A HEAD IN SEVERAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSMORIAH BALINGITFEBRUARY 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
    Their argument is usually written off as hypocrisy or bitterness, its merits rarely given the attention it deserves.
    WHY LARRY SUMMERS STILL TRIGGERS WASHINGTON. (IT ISN’T HIS ECONOMICS.)PHILIP ELLIOTTFEBRUARY 8, 2021TIME
    So when you’re reading this, you can breathe a little easier since there are ways to get merit aid.
    PAYING FOR COLLEGE CAN BE OVERWHELMING. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO FIND AN AFFORDABLE OPTIONSEAN GREGORYFEBRUARY 5, 2021TIME
    It’s a lot easier to have an opinion on cancel culture than it is to have an opinion on the merits of a coronavirus relief package.
    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DIVIDE IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. IT’S ABOUT CULTURE.PHILIP BUMPFEBRUARY 4, 2021WASHINGTON POST
    There’s merit to that perspective, and it’s clear how a rational person might arrive at that conclusion.
    THE GAMESTOP STOCK SITUATION ISN’T ABOUT POPULISM. IT’S ABOUT WHETHER THE MARKET IS ‘REAL.’MIKHAIL KLIMENTOVFEBRUARY 1, 2021WASHINGTON POST
    Heightening oversight on online information could have merit when it comes to battling misinformation.
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    If her suddenly dreadful grades shut her out from merit-based scholarships, she has decided she probably won’t go to college after all.
    A STEADY STREAM OF LATINO STUDENTS WAS ARRIVING ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. THEN THE PANDEMIC HIT.DANIELLE DOUGLAS-GABRIEL, HANNAH NATANSON, JOHN D. HARDENJANUARY 31, 2021WASHINGTON POST
    Within the ranks of the professional astronaut corps, there may very well be skepticism, if not outright objection, so their goal is to prove their merit through conviction and a humble dedication the endeavor deserves.
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    They spent months arguing vociferously about the merits of single-payer health care versus the public option.
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    Meaning no financial merits for Alphabet—and so went the project.
    A LOON COMES DOWN TO EARTHLUCINDA SHENJANUARY 22, 2021FORTUNE
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    WORDS RELATED TO MERIT

    • advantage
    • betterment
    • comfort
    • convenience
    • enhancement
    • enrichment
    • excellence
    • extravagance
    • facility
    • frill
    • improvement
    • luxury
    • merit
    • quality
    • service
    • superfluity
    • virtue
    Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.