- meritorious (adj.) early 15c., "deserving of divine grace," from L. meritorius "that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned," from meritus, pp. of merere "to earn" (see MERIT (Cf. merit) (n.)). Related: Meritoriously; meritoriousness.
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meritorious — mer·i·to·ri·ous /ˌmer ə tōr ē əs/ adj 1: deserving of honor or esteem 2: having merit a meritorious claim Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 … Law dictionary
Meritorious — Mer i*to ri*ous, a. [L. meritorius that brings in money.] Possessing merit; deserving of reward or honor; worthy of recompense; valuable. [1913 Webster] And meritorious shall that hand be called, Canonized, and worshiped as a saint. Shak. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
meritorious — [adj] honorable, commendable admirable, boss*, choice, creditable, deserving, estimable, excellent, exemplary, golden, good, laudable, meritable, noble, praisable, praiseworthy, right, righteous, thankworthy, top drawer*, virtuous, winner, world… … New thesaurus
meritorious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving reward or praise … English terms dictionary
meritorious — [mer΄i tôr′ē əs] adj. [ME < L meritorius, bringing in money < meritus: see MERIT] having merit; deserving reward, praise, etc. meritoriously adv … English World dictionary
meritorious — /mehratorQyss/ Possessing or characterized by merit in the legal sense of the word. See merits @ meritorious cause of action This description is sometimes applied to a person with whom the ground of action, or the consideration, originated or… … Black's law dictionary
meritorious — [[t]me̱rɪtɔ͟ːriəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe something as meritorious, you approve of it for its good or worthwhile qualities. [FORMAL] I had been promoted for what was called gallant and meritorious service … English dictionary
meritorious — meritoriously, adv. meritoriousness, n. /mer i tawr ee euhs, tohr /, adj. deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service. [1375 1425; late ME < L meritorius on hire. See MERIT, TORY1, OUS] * * * … Universalium
meritorious — adjective /ˌmɛrɪˈtɔriəs, ˈtoʊr / deserving of merit or commendation; deserving reward The policeman received the Award of Meritorious Service from his grateful department. Ant: immeritorious See Also: meritoriously … Wiktionary
meritorious — adj. Meritorious is used with these nouns: ↑service … Collocations dictionary