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Deserving reward or praise; having merit.

[Middle English, from Latin meritōrius, earning money, from meritus, past participle of merēre, to earn; see merit.]

mer′i·to′ri·ous·ly adv.
mer′i·to′ri·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.meritoriousness - the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
worthiness - the quality or state of having merit or value
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As Veblen says, "Abstention from labour is the conventional evidence of wealth and is therefore the conventional mark of social standing; and this insistence on the meritoriousness of wealth leads to a more strenuous insistence on leisure" (41).
(1) the extent of the party's personal responsibility, (2) the prejudice to the adversary caused by the failure to meet scheduling orders and respond to discovery; (3) a history of dilatoriness; (4) whether the conduct of the party or the attorney was willful or in bad faith; (5) the effectiveness of sanctions other than dismissal, which entails an analysis of alternative sanctions; and (6) the meritoriousness of the claim or defense.
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It serves as an outstanding classroom illustration of the advantage group's belief in the meritoriousness of their rewards and the invisibility of oppression and privilege.