But teachers could be split off from the union's leadership on the issues of evaluations and merit pay, he said.
Hefner sees no merit in the argument that Playboy's centerfolds were more about objectification than sexual liberation.
His staying power is a testament to the poptimist adage that if someone likes something, it must have some merit.
But merit aside, you can indict a ham sandwich if it's Republican in the most liberal hotbed of Texas: Travis County.
It also offers a host of merit scholarships for both in-state and out-of-state students that can cover up to full tuition costs.
But we must regard it in its merit and consistency as a whole.
But give up an inclination, and there is some merit in that.
That is his good fortune, but not his merit, for he has no choice in the matter.
Does he believe, that the disgrace which I supper on his account, will give him a merit with me?
I have no merit in my duties of attending, governing, and lecturing these wild boys.
c.1200, "spiritual credit" (for good works, etc.); c.1300, "spiritual reward," from Old French merite "wages, pay, reward; thanks; merit, moral worth, that which assures divine pity," and directly from Latin meritum "a merit, service, kindness, benefit, favor; worth, value, importance," neuter of meritus, past participle of merere, meriri "to earn, deserve, acquire, gain," from PIE root *(s)mer- "to allot, assign" (cf. Greek meros "part, lot," moira "share, fate," moros "fate, destiny, doom," Hittite mark "to divide" a sacrifice).
Sense of "worthiness, excellence" is from early 14c.; from late 14c. as "condition or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment;" also "a reward, benefit." Related: Merits. Merit system attested from 1880. Merit-monger was in common use 16c.-17c. in a sense roughly of "do-gooder."