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Definition of merit:

  1. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
  2. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
  3. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
  4. To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.
  5. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment.
  6. To reward.

Synonyms:

D, win, grace, character, cardinal virtue, valuation, deservingness, edge, value, undeserved, F, caliber, privilege, deserving, deserved, virtue, deserve, E, chastity, distinction, perfection, earn, credit, virtuousness, stature, A, moral excellence, account, quality, quality, full marks, trump card, get, gain, value, due, asset, sexual morality, belong to, beauty, well-earned, B, meritoriousness, excellency, rate, worth, advantage, C, demerit, GPA, incentive.

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