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 for merit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Merit \Mer"it\, n. [F. m['e]rite, L. meritum, fr. merere,
     mereri, to deserve, merit; prob. originally, to get a share;
     akin to Gr. ? part, ? fate, doom, ? to receive as one's
     portion. Cf. Market, Merchant, Mercer, Mercy.]
     1. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
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              Here may men see how sin hath his merit. --Chaucer.
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              Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
              For things that others do; and when we fall,
              We answer other's merits in our name. --Shak.
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     2. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving
        well; worth; excellence.
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              Reputation is . . . oft got without merit, and lost
              without deserving.                    --Shak.
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              To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known,
              And every author's merit, but his own. --Pope.
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     3. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or
        approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
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              Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Merit \Mer"it\, v. i.
     To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to
     profit. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Merit \Mer"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Merited; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Meriting.] [F. m['e]riter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr.
     merere. See Merit, n.]
     1. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to
        claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a
        bad sense; as, to merit punishment. "This kindness merits
        thanks." --Shak.
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     2. To reward. [R. & Obs.] --Chapman.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
           [syn: merit, virtue] [ant: demerit, fault]
      2: the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance);
         "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized
         and rewarded" [syn: deservingness, merit,
      v 1: be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all
           the hard work you have done" [syn: deserve, merit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  96 Moby Thesaurus words for "merit":
     accent, advantage, advantageousness, agreeableness, arete, assets,
     auspiciousness, award, be deserving, be entitled to, be worthy of,
     beneficialness, benevolence, benignity, caliber, class, cogency,
     comeuppance, concern, concernment, consequence, consequentiality,
     consideration, desert, deserts, deserve, deserving, due,
     due reward, dues, earn, emphasis, entitle, excellence, excellency,
     expedience, fairness, favorableness, fineness, first-rateness,
     good, goodliness, goodness, grace, healthiness, helpfulness,
     high order, high rank, import, importance, interest, just deserts,
     justify, kindness, mark, materiality, merits, moment, niceness,
     note, paramountcy, perfection, pleasantness, precedence,
     preeminence, primacy, priority, profitableness, quality, rate,
     recompense, repay, requite, reward, rewardingness, rights,
     self-importance, significance, skillfulness, soundness, stature,
     stress, strong point, superiority, supremacy, usefulness, validity,
     value, virtue, virtuousness, warrant, weight, wholeness, winnings,
     worth, worthiness

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MERITS. This word is used principally in matters of defence.
       2. A defence upon the merits, is one that rests upon the justice of the 
  cause, and not upon technical grounds only; there is, therefore, a 
  difference between a good defence, which may be technical or not, and a 
  defence on the merits. 5 B. & Ald. 703 1 Ashm. R. 4; 5 John. R. 536; Id. 
  360; 3 John. R. 245 Id. 449; 6 John. R. 131; 4 John. R. 486; 2 Cowen, R. 
  281; 7 Cowen, R. 514; 6 Wend. R. 511; 6 Cowen, R. 895. 

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