merit-, meri-, mere-

(Latin: to deserve; to earn, to acquire, to gain; entitled to)

meritocracy
1. Government by people who are selected on the basis of merit in a competitive educational system.
2. A government made up of an influential class of educated people.
3. An elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth.
4. A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement instead of personal influences.
meritocratic
Relating to or characteristic of a meritocracy.
meritorious (adjective), more meritorious, most meritorious
A reference to someone's action which deserves approval, a reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy; admirable: Mr. James was honored for his meritorious service as company supervisor.
Related to an exemplary honor.
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meritoriously
In a meritorious manner.
premerit
To merit or deserve beforehand.
promerit
1. To oblige; to confer a favor on.
2. To deserve; to procure by merit.
unmerited
1. Not merited or deserved.
2. Undeserved; unworthy.
unmeritorious
Without merit.