Hoping for a change in Netanyahu or even for Israeli unilateralism—whatever one might think of its merits—is misguided.
Rivkin and Foley have provided a strong legal framework for Boehner to succeed in his lawsuit on the merits.
And I know we're not supposed to discuss politics in Fed decision-making, and I'm sure the FOMC acted on the merits.
There was little discussion of the merits of deeper U.S. military involvement in Syria or North Africa.
When the Berlin Wall fell, he did not crow but allowed democracy to take root on its own merits in the former Soviet republics.
It has plenty of merits and no important faults, but it is not my favourite.
Were they his rivals, he found the perfect word for their merits and shortcomings.
These Mysteries teach us how to partake of the merits of the redemption.
No other man, let his merits be what they may, could have these advantages in my opinion.
Only a few of those men had the slightest understanding of its merits.
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."