Definition of merit system in English:

merit system


  • A system in which a post or promotion is awarded on the basis of competence rather than other criteria such as political affiliation or length of service.

    ‘in contrast to Britain, the United States never imposed the merit system across the entire civil service’
    • ‘The federal merit system was thoroughly overhauled by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.’
    • ‘The company claimed it used a 'merit system' to determine the sackings.’
    • ‘This endeavor is linked to the university merit system.’
    • ‘There is a complex merit system based on behavior, performance at school, attitude, all sorts of things.’
    • ‘In some states, merit systems have been replaced by longevity-based salary schedules.’
    • ‘The proportion of U.S. federal civil servants under the merit system peaked at 88 percent in 1929.’
    • ‘In the long run, everyone benefits from a merit system based on equal treatment.’
    • ‘We're doing this all on a merit system.’
    • ‘Other schools already have merit systems in place that reward good work.’
    • ‘The state merit system law forbids political affiliation from being a factor in hiring or firing rank-and-file state workers.’