adjective (well earned when postpositive)
Examples from the Web for well-earned
Far beyond his well-earned lucre, this is the reason to applaud Radcliffe the most.
The moment was well-earned (The Newsroom should take note), and, true to form, was short lived.I Watched ‘Psych’ For 8 Years and All I Got Was This Lackluster Finale|Chancellor Agard|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was nevertheless evident that he was quietly enjoying a well-earned triumph.‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’: Penn Badgley on Playing Late Musician Jeff Buckley|Richard Porton|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or maybe, like the Ian McEwan he professes to despise, get a lucrative and well-earned movie deal.
Tunku Varadarajan on a well-earned, if unmemorable, win—and the hope it brings for national unity back home.
Evelyn, her eyes shining with the pleasure of well-earned praise, made a low bow to Patience and Kathleen.Grace Harlowe's Problem|Jessie Graham Flower
Shortly after, they say, Crocodile received his well-earned reward, when he met a driver with a load of dynamite.South-African Folk-Tales|James A. Honey
Sasha was dispatched to bring the poet, that he might receive his well-earned praise and reward.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home|Bayard Taylor
They show that he has fought and conquered men, or books, to win them, and they are the well-earned meed of his endeavor.Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
For this escapade he received the Military Cross—a well-earned reward.Aircraft and Submarines|Willis J. Abbot.