From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmeritmer‧it1 /ˈmerɪt/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable]GOOD POINT OR CHARACTERISTIC an advantage or good feature of somethingmerit of 🔊 The film has the merit of being short. 🔊 The merit of the report is its realistic assessment of the changes required. 🔊 The great merit of the project is its flexibility and low cost. 🔊 Each of these approaches to teaching has its merits. 🔊 Tonight’s meeting will weigh up the relative merits of the two candidates.► see thesaurus at advantageRegisterMerit is used especially in formal contexts. In everyday English, people usually talk about the good points of something:The book does have its good points.2[uncountable] formalDESERVE a good quality that makes someone or something deservepraise 🔊 There is never any merit in being second best.have (some) merit/be of merit (=be good) 🔊 The suggestion has some merit.on merit 🔊 Students are selected solely on merit (=because they are good).artistic/literary merit 🔊 a film lacking any artistic merit3 →judge/consider etc something on its (own) meritsCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2verbshave meritBoth suggestions had some merit.discuss/debate the merits of something (=discuss whether or not something is a good idea)They were discussing the merits of sending soldiers to the area.consider/judge the merits of something (=think about whether or not something is a good idea)The committee is considering the merits of the proposal.assess/evaluate the merits of something (=to decide what is good about something using careful methods)Has any study assessed the merits of the two schools?question the merits of something (=not be sure if something is a good idea)People began to question the merits of nuclear energy.see little/no merit in something (=think that something is not a good idea)I can see no merit in violence. have its merits (=have some good qualities)Each idea has its merits.adjectivesartistic merit (=the qualities that make something good as a piece of art)What are the artistic merits of this statue?literary merit (=the qualities that make something good as a book, play, or poem)There was no literary merit in his poems.great meritIt seems to me that the idea has great merit.outstanding merit (=very great merit)The prize is given to students of outstanding merit.considerable merit (=a lot of merit)There is considerable merit in using this kind of approach.the relative/comparative merits of something (=the good qualities of something as compared to something else)She is an expert in the relative merits of spa waters.