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meritorious

[mer-i-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-] /ˌmɛr ɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy:
to receive a gift for meritorious service.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin meritōrius on hire. See merit, -tory1, -ous
Related forms
meritoriously, adverb
meritoriousness, noun
unmeritorious, adjective
unmeritoriously, adverb
unmeritoriousness, noun
Can be confused
meritorious, meretricious.
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British Dictionary definitions for meritoriousness

meritorious

/ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəs/
adjective
1.
praiseworthy; showing merit
Derived Forms
meritoriously, adverb
meritoriousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin meritōrius earning money
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Word Origin and History for meritoriousness

meritorious

adj.

early 15c., "deserving of divine grace," from Latin meritorius "that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned," from meritus, past participle of merere "to earn" (see merit (n.)). Related: Meritoriously; meritoriousness.

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