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  1. Plural of merit
  2. Intrinsic advantages, as opposed to political or procedural advantages.
    I was the boss's pet project, but was rejected on the merits.
  3. Substance, distinguished from form or procedure.
    The merits of the case favored the plaintiffs, but their procedural blunders set them back.

Derived terms


  1. third-person singular of merit

Extensive Definition

The term merit is used in both Christianity and Buddhism. See:
merit can also mean:
MERIT (now known as UNU-MERIT) is the Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology.

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