merit


merit
mer·it /'mer-ət/ n
1 pl: the substance of a case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form
a ruling on the merit s of the case see also judgment on the merits at judgment 1a
2: legal significance, standing, or worth
an argument without merit

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

merit
I noun character, credit, desert, deservedness, dignitas, distinction, excellence, good actions, good behavior, goodness, greatness, honor, meritoriousness, meritum, praiseworthy quality, quality, rectitude, righteousness, superiority, uprightness, value, virtue, virtus, worth, worthiness associated concepts: affidavit of merits, dismissal on the merits, merit system II index caliber (quality), consequence (significance), credit (recognition), earn, importance, probity, quality (excellence), quality (grade), rate, rectitude, right (righteousness), significance, value, weight (importance), worth

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


merit
n.
1 The substantive elements of a claim or defense.
2 The validity of a claim or defense (as in "the defense of impossibility is without merit").
@ on the merits
Description of adjudication of a matter on its substantive elements, not on procedural or technical grounds.
adj. Said of a judgment delivered after all the evidence in the case and the arguments of the parties have been heard. The judgment is rendered based upon the essential facts of the case, rather than on any technical or procedural rule, such as the failure of proper service.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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