1. [syn: merited, deserved]
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
2. To reward. [R. & Obs.] --Chapman.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: properly deserved; "a merited success" [syn: merited,
deserved] [ant: unmerited]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "merited":
appropriate, balanced, condign, defensible, deserved, due, earned,
entitled, equitable, even, evenhanded, fair, fair and square, fit,
good, just, justifiable, justified, lawful, legal, level, meet,
meet and right, proper, qualified, requisite, right,
right and proper, rightful, square, suitable, warrantable,
warranted, well-earned, worthy