well-deserved

deserved

[dih-zurvd]
adjective
justly or rightly earned; merited: a deserved increase in salary.

Origin:
1545–55; deserve + -ed2

deservedness [dih-zur-vid-nis] , noun
half-deserved, adjective
half-deservedness, noun
undeserved, adjective
well-deserved, adjective
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well-deserved
 
adj
fully merited: a well-deserved reputation

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deserve
late 13c., from O.Fr. deservir, from L. deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" + servire "to serve." From "be entitled to because of good service" (s sense found in L.L.), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of."
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