unmeritorious

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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