a member of a meritocracy.

1955–60; merito(cracy) + -crat Unabridged
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meritocracy (ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsɪ)
n , pl -cies
1.  rule by persons chosen not because of birth or wealth, but for their superior talents or intellect
2.  the persons constituting such a group
3.  a social system formed on such a basis

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Example sentences
Meritocrat, another editor, and former editor give excellent pieces of advice.
The code of the meritocrat was not their code, and maybe in some ways theirs was the more demanding code.
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