Federal funding for NPR should rise or fall on its own merits.
Hoping for a change in Netanyahu or even for Israeli unilateralism—whatever one might think of its merits—is misguided.
On other occasions, they judge people and their merits regardless of whether a nominee happens to be on their side.
Rivkin and Foley have provided a strong legal framework for Boehner to succeed in his lawsuit on the merits.
“My hope is that my message will be judged on its merits,” she writes.
It has plenty of merits and no important faults, but it is not my favourite.
He is so good that He Himself wishes to deceive Himself about our merits.
These Mysteries teach us how to partake of the merits of the redemption.
His merits as a demagogue and political writer are undeniable.
Only a few of those men had the slightest understanding of its merits.
c.1200, "spiritual credit" (for good works, etc.); c.1300, "spiritual reward," from Old French merite "wages, pay, reward; thanks; merit, moral worth, that which assures divine pity," and directly from Latin meritum "a merit, service, kindness, benefit, favor; worth, value, importance," neuter of meritus, past participle of merere, meriri "to earn, deserve, acquire, gain," from PIE root *(s)mer- "to allot, assign" (cf. Greek meros "part, lot," moira "share, fate," moros "fate, destiny, doom," Hittite mark "to divide" a sacrifice).
Sense of "worthiness, excellence" is from early 14c.; from late 14c. as "condition or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment;" also "a reward, benefit." Related: Merits. Merit system attested from 1880. Merit-monger was in common use 16c.-17c. in a sense roughly of "do-gooder."