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demerit

noun
     
Related topics: School
de‧mer‧it [countable]
1 formal a bad quality or feature of something
demerit of
The merits and demerits (=the good and bad qualities) of this argument have been explored.
2 American EnglishSES a mark showing that a student has behaved badly at school [↪ merit]

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