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The system of appointing and promoting civil service personnel on the basis of merit rather than political affiliation or loyalty.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US the system of employing and promoting civil servants solely on the basis of ability rather than patronage. Compare spoils system
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the system or practice in which persons are hired or promoted on the basis of ability rather than patronage.
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|Noun||1.||merit system - the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability|
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
spoils system - the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power
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