Definition of meritorious in English:


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  • 1Deserving reward or praise.

    ‘a medal for meritorious conduct’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This being the case, does the rich man's help to the needy, on which he so readily prides himself as something meritorious, really deserve to be called beneficence at all?’
    • ‘This would add to his kitty of three meritorious service entries, 31 rewards and the ‘commendation certificate’ from the Madurai District Collector on four occasions.’
    • ‘At the same time, those who render meritorious service should be given due recognition with fitting rewards.’
    • ‘That is arrogant presumption to insist that some authors and works deserve to be declared meritorious as a matter of fairness.’
    • ‘For a meritorious student, finances would not be a problem as many scholarships are available.’
    • ‘To promote young, meritorious and aspiring models, there is exhaustive information regarding advertising agencies and event managers in search of young models.’
    • ‘Many meritorious students who have got admissions in self-financing colleges are not in a position to continue their education by paying unexpectedly huge amount as fees.’
    • ‘Such behaviour would send a message that political positions are entitlements and bribery devices, rather than meritorious accomplishments.’
    • ‘Awards were presented to meritorious students.’
    • ‘Wood's performance was all the more meritorious given that he felt feverish on arrival yesterday morning and even more so on completing his 18 holes.’
    • ‘This may be the most famous example of ancient people refusing fame, but such behaviour has consistently been considered meritorious in China.’
    • ‘If anyone knows of any well written, amusing, or otherwise meritorious right wing blogs you'd like to suggest, please post a comment.’
    • ‘More scholarships and state-sponsorship of meritorious students from poor and middle class backgrounds is called for.’
    • ‘That victory, gained in a photo-finish from Kier Park, was all the more meritorious in that it was achieved over the minimum distance of five furlongs.’
    • ‘The medals worn by them are not only for bravery but also for meritorious service and for spending more than a year in dangerous operational sectors.’
    • ‘It has also been helping many meritorious students, every year, to pursue their education by providing them scholarships.’
    • ‘The school authorities identified three meritorious students from below poverty line families and gave them a helping hand.’
    praiseworthy, laudable, commendable, admirable, estimable, creditable, worthy, worthwhile, deserving, excellent, exemplary, good
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    1. 1.1mainly North American Law (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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The terms were normal for a client with an apparently bona fide meritorious claim (a payment into court had been made).’
      • ‘If they, and others like them, did not take such risks, some meritorious claims would never be litigated and deserving plaintiffs would suffer an injustice. Medical negligence claims are expensive to prosecute.’
      • ‘Even so, as suggested in Paul, that should not be the end of the inquiry and the Court should not make an order for security for costs if an otherwise meritorious claim would be stopped in its tracks.’
      • ‘The court held that she was entitled to withdraw without costs as she had a meritorious claim when she initiated the application but circumstances had changed.’
      • ‘There's such an imbalance that for them to say lawyers shouldn't advertise for meritorious claims is a bit hypocritical.’
      • ‘A second aim was to improve access to the courts for members of the public with meritorious claims.’
      • ‘Ethical regulation will no doubt have the result that some claims, including some meritorious claims, may not be brought.’
      • ‘In a general sense, insurers and insureds have a common interest in ensuring that only meritorious claims are paid.’
      • ‘If people deserve to recover, ambulance chasers are how the market is supposed to bring meritorious claims to the courthouse.’
      • ‘None of these claims was remotely meritorious.’
      • ‘Your Honours, despite the vigorously dismissive submissions by my friend, we maintain that this is a meritorious application.’
      • ‘You say the fact that so many apparently meritorious applications were rejected is a ground for concluding that they weren't considered?’
      • ‘If the plaintiff has a strong and apparently meritorious claim the court is reluctant to make an order which may have the effect of shutting the plaintiff out.’
      • ‘As we remind ourselves the burden of proof is on the defendants, and the court must be assiduous not to strike out a claim which may be meritorious, even though the prospects of it being so are remote.’
      • ‘Thus, the most meritorious lawsuits would be the ones that progressed forward to settlement or verdict.’
      • ‘Such cases do, however, present quite serious factual difficulties and the law has been concerned to ensure that a meritorious plaintiff does not fail for want of proof.’
      • ‘The proposed amendment should be prima facie meritorious.’



/ˌmerəˈtôrēəs/ /ˌmɛrəˈtɔriəs/


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