considerable, exceptional, great, outstanding
actual, real, true

a lawsuit that lacked any real merit

comparative, relative

We need to consider the relative merits of both makes of dishwasher.

dubious, questionable

Each case should be judged on its individual merits.


She was elected on personal merit.

academic, aesthetic, architectural, artistic, intellectual, legal, literary, musical, scientific, technical

The movie has no artistic merit whatsoever.

argue, assess, compare, consider, debate, determine, discuss, evaluate, examine, judge, weigh (esp. BrE), weigh up (esp. BrE)

We need to assess the merits of both proposals before making our decision.


I began to question the merits of these new technologies.


The play lacked artistic merit.


She proved her merit as a serious actress.

acknowledge, appreciate, recognize, see

She saw the merit in this arrangement.


I find no merit at all in any of the arguments.


She received a merit award for outstanding work.

pay (AmE)
increase, raise (both AmE)

decisions on merit raises and promotions

scholarship (AmE)
system (esp. AmE)

Other schools already have merit systems in place that reward good work.

according to merit

Movies are given a rating of one to five stars according to merit.

on merit

Prizes are awarded entirely on merit.

merit in

There is some merit in his argument.

merit to

There is lots of merit to the idea.

no merit in sth/doing sth

I can see no merit in excluding the child from school.

I found no artistic merit in this film.

order of merit (BrE)

The winners are ranked in order of merit.

certainly, clearly
barely, hardly

The question hardly merits an answer.

Merit is used with these nouns as the object: ↑attention, ↑consideration, ↑discussion, ↑explanation, ↑inclusion, ↑investigation, ↑mention, ↑recognition

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