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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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In terms of China's mixed/permeable elite, Cool War stresses that "[t]he leadership of the Communist Party is made up of meritocrats and princelings.
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Therefore, there was never any question of him installing Montek Singh Ahluwalia or C Rangarajan or any of the meritocrats he admires to the post.
Meritocrats admit that market-based distribution of rewards is just only to the extent to which we can reduce endemic socioeconomic disadvantages and bring everyone to comparable starting points.
Daniels notes that "most meritocrats believe it is obvious that people differ in levels of skill and it is at least probable that they differ in the capacity to acquire levels of skills.
But the meritocrats were making great inroads, nowhere more than so than in politics.