merit system
noun Date: 1879 a system by which appointments and promotions in the civil service are based on competence rather than political favoritism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • merit system — ☆ merit system n. a system of hiring and promoting people to civil service positions on the basis of merit as determined by competitive examinations …   English World dictionary

  • Merit system — The merit system is the process of promoting and hiring government employees based on their ability to perform a job, rather than on their political connections. It is the opposite of the spoils system. History The earliest example of a merit… …   Wikipedia

  • merit system — noun the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability • Ant: ↑spoils system • Hypernyms: ↑system, ↑system of rules * * * noun : the system of appointing employees to office in the civil service and of promoting them… …   Useful english dictionary

  • merit system — System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on basis of competence. See also civil service Merit Systems Protection Board …   Black's law dictionary

  • merit system — System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on basis of competence. See also civil service Merit Systems Protection Board …   Black's law dictionary

  • merit system — The system in the Civil Service whereby appointments and promotions are made according to the merit and fitness rather than by way of political favor. 15 Am J2d Civ S § 20 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • merit system — a system or policy whereby people are promoted or rewarded on the basis of ability and achievement rather than because of seniority, quotas, patronage, or the like. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • merit system — mer′it sys tem n. gov the system or practice in which persons are hired or promoted on the basis of ability rather than patronage …   From formal English to slang

  • merit system — method for promoting employees based on their achievements …   English contemporary dictionary

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