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merit

Christianity spiritual credit granted or received for good works

merit

[′mer·ət]
(electronics)
A performance rating that governs the choice of a device for a particular application; it must be qualified to indicate type of rating, as in gain-bandwidth merit or signal-to-noise merit.
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Edgar's stern rebuke of my carrying tales; and I tried to smooth away all disquietude on the subject, by affirming, with frequent iteration, that that betrayal of trust, if it merited so harsh an appellation, should be the last.
Any chance of a separation, he remarked, between the housekeeper and her master was, under existing circumstances, a chance which merited the closest investigation.
A compliment," said the Marquis, "to the grandeur of the family, merited by the manner in which the family has sustained its grandeur.