deservingness

deserving

[dih-zur-ving]
adjective
1.
qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
2.
meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.

Origin:
1570–80; deserve + -ing2

deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun
self-deserving, adjective
undeserving, adjective
undeservingly, adverb
undeservingness, noun
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deserving (dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ)
 
adj (often postpositive and foll by of)
1.  worthy, esp of praise or reward
 
n
2.  rare a merit or demerit; desert
 
de'servingly
 
adv
 
de'servingness
 
n

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deserve
late 13c., from O.Fr. deservir, from L. deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" + servire "to serve." From "be entitled to because of good service" (s sense found in L.L.), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of."
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