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n. pl. mer·i·toc·ra·cies
1. A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
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.
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
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.
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
A society in which people acquire status through their achievements or abilities.
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|Noun||1.||meritocracy - 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|