One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Meriting good treatment; worthy of reward.
Treated as plural. With the: people who are well-deserving as a class; the worthy, the meritorious.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in George Joye (1490x95–1553), evangelical author. From well + deserving.
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