noun, plural mer·i·toc·ra·cies.
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OTHER WORDS FROM meritocracymer·i·to·crat·ic [mer-i-tuh-krat-ik], /ˌmɛr ɪ təˈkræt ɪk/, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for meritocracy
Not long ago, the concept of diversity was viewed as anti-meritocratic—even harmful.
The biggest problem with meritocratic thinking is its obsession with who has earned what.We Need More Class Traitors: Solving America’s Meritocracy Problem|Jedediah Purdy|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it was first and foremost an attempt to wake up America from the torpor of the daily grind under its meritocratic overlords.
But her model for meritocratic social mobility was predicated upon the value of cutthroat individualism.
The grandes écoles, the most influential schools, are meant to train a meritocratic elite, and have rigid admission standards.Death in New York of French Educator Richard Descoings Treated as Suspicious|Christopher Dickey|April 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for meritocracy
noun plural -cies
Derived forms of meritocracymeritocrat, nounmeritocratic (ˌmɛrɪtəˈkrætɪk), adjective
Cultural definitions for meritocracy
A government or society in which citizens who display superior achievement are rewarded with positions of leadership. In a meritocracy, all citizens have the opportunity to be recognized and advanced in proportion to their abilities and accomplishments. The ideal of meritocracy has become controversial because of its association with the use of tests of intellectual ability, such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, to regulate admissions to elite colleges and universities. Many contend that an individual's performance on these tests reflects his or her social class and family environment more than ability.