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Adjective: merited  me-ri-tid
  1. Properly deserved
    "a merited success";
    - deserved, well-earned
Verb: merit  me-rit
  1. Be worthy or deserving
    "You merit a promotion after all the hard work you have done";
    - deserve

See also: condign, hard-won

Type of: be

Antonym: unmerited

Encyclopedia: Merit, Texas