[mer-i-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-]
- deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.
Origin of meritorious
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Examples from the Web for unmeritorious
While Spalding was in Conneaut he wrote a few novels of so unmeritorious a nature that no one would publish them.
- praiseworthy; showing merit
C15: from Latin meritōrius earning money
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Word Origin and History for unmeritorious
early 15c., "deserving of divine grace," from Latin meritorius "that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned," from meritus, past participle of merere "to earn" (see merit (n.)). Related: Meritoriously; meritoriousness.
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