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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.
mer′it·o·crat′ic adj.


[ˈmerɪtəʊkræt] Nmeritócrata mf
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Imagine now you are a young meritocrat, the child of, say, a pharmacist and an elementary school teacher, accepted to a prestigious university in the mid-sixties.
Students' "cognitive maps" in relation to their awareness of social justice issues, sense of agency, and social actions can be organized into the following four categories of performative identities: the Meritocrat, the Benevolent Benefactor, the Resigned, and the Activist Ally.
Explaining the importance of Pistorius to South Africa, the article also examines the fact that in a country obsessed with disadvantage, Pistorius was' the ultimate meritocrat, a runner with no legs who ignored the accidents of his birth to compete against the best', the report added.
After a long succession of patricians noted for their ease of manner and sense of leisurely culture Harold Wilson had the air of a clever and studious meritocrat.
In his self-representation as a social and sexual meritocrat, Hermsprong invites the credit of others without demanding their deference on any account other than his conversation, and the exchange of equals it promises.
Este vorba, deci, de o "clasa" legitimata meritocrat, care acumuleaza si concentreaza informatia si puterea de decizie necesare reglarii dinamicii sistemelor.
Only slightly less unfamiliar to the French or Japanese education meritocrat would be such staples of the American application process as the interview, the letters of recommendation, the focus on racial and ethnic diversity, and on interests and activities and "character.
He was, in every sense, an articulate meritocrat who since his return from Rome had become a passionate booster of his own hometown.
The first was Buffett's decision in 1989 to purchase 80 percent of the company (later increased to 90 percent), which put her career in the hands of a man known for being a meritocrat.
For a meritocrat, the superstar may get the first prize, but it does not follow that there should be only a first prize or only a few big prizes.
Again, Chirac's private literary abilities are not in doubt, and he has had the mandarin education of an elite meritocrat of the Fifth Republic.