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a. Superior quality or worth; excellence: a proposal of some merit; an ill-advised plan without merit.
b. A quality deserving praise or approval; virtue: a store having the merit of being open late.
2. Demonstrated ability or achievement: promotions based on merit alone.
3. often merits An aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval: judging people according to their merits.
4. In various religions, spiritual credit granted for good works.
5. merits
a. Law The factors to be considered in making a substantive decision in a case, independent of procedural or technical aspects: a trial on the merits.
b. The factual content of a matter, apart from emotional, contextual, or formal considerations.
v. mer·it·ed, mer·it·ing, mer·its
To earn; deserve. See Synonyms at earn.
To be worthy or deserving: Pupils are rewarded or corrected, as they merit.

[Middle English, from Old French merite, reward or punishment, from Latin meritum, from neuter past participle of merēre, to deserve; see (s)mer- in Indo-European roots.]

mer′it·less adj.
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Adj.1.meritless - without merit; "a sorry horse"; "a sorry excuse"; "a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick"; "the car was a no-good piece of junk"
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"
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A statement from GE said: "The claims made by Mr Markopolos are meritless. GE operates at the highest level of integrity and stands behind its financial reporting."
It called the report "meritless, misguided and self-serving speculation".
HIGHER: General Electric (GE), up 4% after issuing a response to what it called "meritless" allegations made yesterday in a report by Harry Markopolos.
GE added in its statement it will not be "distracted by this type of meritless, misguided and self-serving speculation" and the same should apply to the investment community.
The sudden termination from the jobs is meritless as no reason for the termination is provided in the letters, they added.
However, Grubhub played down the lawsuit as meritless. "We believe the Tiffin case is without merit and dispute the claims," it said in a statement.
"I am innocent and totally committed to vigorously defending myself in a fair trial against these meritless and unsubstantiated accusations," Ghosn said in a statement that was issued from his representative in the US on Tuesday.
(AP) -- A lawsuit claiming "an illegal and bad-faith takeover" of the Miss America Organization was withdrawn Monday for financial reasons, with the pageant responding it proves the "meritless and misguided nature" of the case.The lawsuit had been brought by former board member Jennifer Vaden Barth, who is also a former Miss North Carolina, and several state pageant organizations.
According to Page Six, the prosecutors termed the defense team's attempts as "timeworn" and "meritless."
"Tribune, through its meritless lawsuit, is seeking to capitalize on an unfavorable and unexpected reaction from the Federal Communications Commission to capture a windfall for Tribune," Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said in a statement.