meritocracy


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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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Anasatasiades acknowledged the new chief, Kypros Michaelides, was taking over the responsibility of restoring the tarnished image of the police force at a difficult time and urged him to do everything in his power to tackle crime, while always using 'meritocracy' and 'sound management' as his guides.
This is grave injustice to not only these players but to meritocracy.
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The minister said all the institutions were being strengthen to adopt meritocracy and resolve people issues on priority basis.
This suggests that in the age of meritocracy, some people still rely on resorting to quota-based politics for short-term political gains.