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noun merit pronunciation in British English /ˈmerɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] an advantage or good quality that someone or something has

    I can see very little merit in this approach.

    merit of:

    Viktor and Katya were arguing the merits of independence as I sat down.

    Attention to detail is one of the great merits of the book.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the good qualities of someone or something that make you admire them or think they are important or valuable

      He’s not a great writer, though his work does have some literary merit.

      The argument isn’t without merit.

      be of merit:

      Their ideas are of some merit but there are better ways.


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