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demerit

US and Canadian a mark given against a person for failure or misconduct, esp in schools or the armed forces
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She was the only corps WAVE in the year she enlisted to go through boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Station without a demerit.
A zero-base system awards points for evidence of conditions as they should be--rather than assigning demerits based on deficiencies discovered.
Just as our Demerit Action Groups track down the cause of deficiencies before a truck reaches a customer, our Quality Action Groups use warranty claims to locate the source of problems that appear after delivery, and implement solutions.
The kinds of merits and demerits listed reflect the mixed Taoist and Confucian outlook of the ledgers.
In the course of the meeting, the participants assessed the merits and demerits of previous activities, and put fourth views on the agenda items.
You can argue the merits and demerits of originalism until you are blue in the face, but on the question of whether originalism somehow transforms conservative activism into something else, Keck is very persuasive: The doctrine does not have a privileged claim on interpreting the Constitution, and when the Court invalidates a congressional statute it is in activist mode--even if the Justices are certain that the Framers themselves (whether through the Federalist Papers or by means of Vulcan mindmeld) are commanding them to throw Congress' work on the compost pile.
Among the topics found in this section are the stages in the rite of adult initiation, the role of the community, the origins of the Eucharistic Prayers and the merits and demerits of various forms of the sacrament of penance.
That was the first time baseball held a lengthy discussion about the merits and demerits of home run excess, proving once again that nothing is ever new and history keeps repeating itself.
Zaremski and Kopah repaired their deliberately bugged Ford Taurus in 85 minutes, 13 seconds, with three demerits for an incomplete repair on a vapor canister purge solenoid.
Instead of addressing a case like the Clinton-Lewinsky affair on its own demerits, we try desperately to twist the facts to make it fit our own sexual doctrines.
There are no scoring demerits for missing, but, Dalton said, ``You penalize yourself if you miss because you are wasting time.
A flurry of letters to the editor filled the Spectator's opinion page daily in the weeks leading up to Christmas as readers debated the merits and demerits of celebrating a Christian feast in what some saw as a pluralistic society that allegedly uses "tolerance" as its watchword.