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Noun: meritocracy  ,me-ree'tó-kru-see
  1. A form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
  2. The belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth

Derived forms: meritocracies

Type of: ideology, mythos, political orientation, political theory, social organisation [Brit], social organization, social structure, social system, structure

Encyclopedia: Meritocracy