meritorious

[ mer-i-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr- ]
/ ˌmɛr ɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr- /

adjective

deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.

Origin of meritorious

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin meritōrius on hire. See merit, -tory1, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM meritorious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH meritorious

meritorious meretricious
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British Dictionary definitions for meritorious

meritorious
/ (ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəs) /

adjective

praiseworthy; showing merit

Derived forms of meritorious

meritoriously, adverbmeritoriousness, noun

Word Origin for meritorious

C15: from Latin meritōrius earning money
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