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merit system

noun
1.
a system or policy whereby people are promoted or rewarded on the basis of ability and achievement rather than because of seniority, quotas, patronage, or the like.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • The first thing that comes to mind is, on a merit system or an achievement system to be in the postseason.
  • There was no clear merit system to help outstanding scientists.
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merit system

noun
1.
(US) the system of employing and promoting civil servants solely on the basis of ability rather than patronage Compare spoils system
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