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deserving

[dih-zur-ving]
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adjective
  1. qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
  2. meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.

Origin of deserving

First recorded in 1570–80; deserve + -ing2
Related formsde·serv·ing·ly, adverbde·serv·ing·ness, nounself-de·serv·ing, adjectiveun·de·serv·ing, adjectiveun·de·serv·ing·ly, adverbun·de·serv·ing·ness, noun
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deserving

adjective
  1. (often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
noun
  1. rare a merit or demerit; desert
Derived Formsdeservingly, adverbdeservingness, noun
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