Part of speech: verb

To deserve.

Part of speech: noun

The state or fact of deserving; desert; worth; excellence.

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Usage examples "merit":

  1. Yet Montesinos has one merit. - "History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas", Prescott, William Hickling.
  2. The laws of this world are general; they turn aside to suit no one: they pursue their course without regard to the merit or demerit of any. - "Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good", Victor Cousin.
  3. Hence, the public schools are filled by youth who are there as the reward of individual, personal merit. - "Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions", George S. Boutwell.