- deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.
- praiseworthy; showing merit
adj.early 15c., “deserving of divine grace,” from Latin meritorius “that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned,” from meritus, past participle of merere “to earn” (see merit (n.)). Related: Meritoriously; meritoriousness.