What does the word meritorious mean?

Usage examples for meritorious

  1. " To me it seems that a petition to the admiral to send so meritorious an officer on service where he may distinguish himself, should deserve his thanks. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. He was repeatedly cited for meritorious conduct, and was brevetted major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel in rapid succession. – Boys' Book of Famous Soldiers by J. Walker McSpadden
  3. This is meritorious, if not deserving of exceptional glorification. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre