AskDefine | Define meritorious

Dictionary Definition

meritorious adj : deserving reward or praise; "a lifetime of meritorious service"; "meritorious conduct" [syn: meritable]

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  1. deserving of merit or commendation; deserving reward
    The policeman received the Award of Meritorious Service from his grateful department.
  2. possessing such merit as to be meritorious

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admirable, ascribable, attributable, beyond all praise, commendable, creditable, deserving, due, entitled to, esteemed, estimable, excellent, exemplary, held in esteem, highly esteemed, highly regarded, highly reputed, highly respectable, honorable, honored, in favor, in good odor, in high favor, laudable, meriting, model, noble, outstanding, praiseworthy, prestigious, reputable, respectable, respected, revered, reverend, unexceptionable, venerable, venerated, well-deserving, well-thought-of, worshipful, worthy, worthy of
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