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mer·i·toc·ra·cy

 (mĕr′ĭ-tŏk′rə-sē)
n. pl. mer·i·toc·ra·cies
1. A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
2.
a. A group of leaders or officeholders selected on the basis of individual ability or achievement.
b. Leadership by such a group.

mer′it·o·crat′ (-ĭ-tə-krăt′) n.
mer′it·o·crat′ic adj.

meritocracy

(ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rule by persons chosen not because of birth or wealth, but for their superior talents or intellect
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the persons constituting such a group
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a social system formed on such a basis
ˈmeritoˌcrat n
meritocratic adj

mer•i•toc•ra•cy

(ˌmɛr ɪˈtɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. a system in which able and talented persons are rewarded and advanced.
2. an elite group of able and talented persons.
3. leadership by such a group.
[1955–60]

meritocracy

a powerful class composed of people who have achieved position on the basis of their merit rather than by birth or privilege. — meritocrat, n.
See also: Society

meritocracy

A society in which people acquire status through their achievements or abilities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meritocracy - a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellectsmeritocracy - a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
2.meritocracy - the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
Translations

meritocracy

[ˌmerɪˈtɒkrəsɪ] Nmeritocracia f

meritocracy

[ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsi] nméritocratie fmerit system n (US)système m d'évaluation au mérite

meritocracy

nLeistungsgesellschaft f, → Meritokratie f (geh)

meritocracy

[ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsɪ] nmeritocrazia
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