What does the word merit mean?

Usage examples for merit

  1. Yet Montesinos has one merit. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by 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 by 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 by George S. Boutwell