the actual and intrinsic rights and wrongs of an issue, esp in a law case, as distinct from extraneous matters and technicalities
on its merits on the intrinsic qualities or virtues
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How to use merits in a sentence
So, the arrival of a foreign journalist in Belgika merits a town meeting.
The government has blocked every opportunity to challenge this case on its merits.
He criticized rather than praised the merits of powerful government, but he did so with unequivocal certainty.
U.S. schools will receive funding and “customers” regardless of their merits (or lack thereof).
I could bring concepts to her and have them considered on their merits.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable | Joshua DuBois | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He must trust to his human merits, and not miracles, for his Sonship is of no value in this conflict.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
Monotheism is strictly inconsistent with the supremacy of “merits” which is the very soul of Oriental religion.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
It was wise in him to do so, and thus to draw men's thoughts from Planner's faults to his own unquestioned merits.
It still, I am glad to hear, runs an honorable and profitable course, which its merits well deserve.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The Act of 1896 was one of considerable importance to British Railways and, therefore, merits a few words.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow