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meritorious

[ mer-i-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr- ]
/ ˌmɛr ɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr- /
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adjective

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

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Origin of meritorious

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin meritōrius “earning money, for hire, on hire,” from meritus, past participle of merēre, merērī “to receive one's share, be entitled to, deserve, merit.” See merit, -ory1, -ous
meritorious , meretricious
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British Dictionary definitions for meritorious

meritorious
/ (ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəs) /

adjective

praiseworthy; showing merit
meritoriously, adverbmeritoriousness, noun
C15: from Latin meritōrius earning money
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