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Definition of "meritocracy" []

  • A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement. (noun)
  • A group of leaders or officeholders selected on the basis of individual ability or achievement. (noun)
  • Leadership by such a group. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "meritocracy" in a sentence
  • "Firstly, the term meritocracy has been redefined since it was originally conceived, and is now taken to be a positive term."
  • "My late father, the sociologist Michael Young, coined the word "meritocracy" - but as a term of opprobrium rather than approval."
  • "An attempt at a meritocracy is a step forward from wholesale exclusion based on race and culture."