meritorious

[mer-i-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr-]
adjective
deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin meritōrius on hire. See merit, -tory1, -ous

meritoriously, adverb
meritoriousness, noun
unmeritorious, adjective
unmeritoriously, adverb
unmeritoriousness, noun

meritorious, meretricious.
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meritorious (ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəs)
 
adj
praiseworthy; showing merit
 
[C15: from Latin meritōrius earning money]
 
meri'toriously
 
adv
 
meri'toriousness
 
n

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meritorious
early 15c., from L. meritorius "that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned," from meritus, pp. of merere (see merit (n.)).
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Example sentences
If you are good at stroking you will be meritorious.
Devote the revenue generated to scholarships for meritorious students.
It is not every one who is able to discover a really meritorious monster.
Saving one live is more meritorious than building one thousand temples.
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