V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. an admirable quality or attribute; 2. the facts of a case; (v.) to be worthy or deserving of something

Synonyms: (n.) worth, value, advantage, excellence, goodness, virtue, distinction, ability, honor, (v.) warrant, deserve, earn

Antonyms: (n.) fault

Tips: Merit is derived from the Latin meritum, "price, value." If something is merited, it is warranted or deserving of something.

Usage Examples:

Your comments certainly have merit, and Iíll be sure to incorporate them into the report. (value, worth) noun

Our investment portfolio merits our time and attention since itís so important to our future. (warrants, deserves) verb

There is no merit to this lawsuit, and I'm sure the judge will throw it out. (worth, virtue) noun

My doctor touted the merits of taking a daily multi-vitamin. (advantages, values) noun

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