- deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.
Origin of meritorious
Examples from the Web for unmeritorious
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for meritorious
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.