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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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10) Leibniz saw the existence of the actual world as a decisive argument against hopelessness, since existence could not be realized in a realm of topless meritoriousness.
12) Again Chopin seems to anticipate Veblen, who points out that "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" (p.
95, at 83-99 (describing state laws on the right of non-capitally sentenced inmates to habeas representation, and finding that most states provide no right to the appointment of counsel to help an inmate investigate claims and draft a petition, but rather make the right to a lawyer contingent on an inmate's previously filed claims satisfying a certain standard of meritoriousness, or requiring a hearing).