on (someone's or something's) (own) merits(redirected from on merits)
on (someone's or something's) (own) merits
Objectively based on or due to someone's or something's actual qualities, actions, etc. (as opposed to other, less objective factors). I can assure you that she got the job on her own merits and not because she is the CEO's daughter.
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on its merits
Also, on one's merits or according to one's merits . With regard only to the intrinsic quality of something or someone. For example, Who supports it doesn't matter; we have to consider the idea solely on its merits, or The agency doesn't care about her references but wants to hire candidates according to their merits . [Late 1800s]
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