Meaning of meritorious

mer•i•to•ri•ous

Pronunciation: (mer"i-tôr'ē-us, -tōr'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.
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