meritocracy meritocracy  /mɛ rɪ ˈtɔ krə si/


  1. (n) a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
  2. (n) the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth


  1. Hollywood isn't supposed to be a meritocracy.
  2. Its corollary, meritocracya system under which people are rewarded not on the basis of birth but of hard work and ability had long been the goal of egalitarians.
  3. What ultimately did Jones in was a different kind of meritocracy, the kind that trades in what might be called paper merit.


  • Why Kobe Bryant's Still More Valuable than LeBron James

    Through a mix of savvy branding and salary-cap intricacies, Kobe Bryant is still able to make more money than LeBron James. There's the perception that sports is a meritocracy—that a player's financial compensation will be commensurate with his on-field success. By that logic, the four-time MVP at the peak of his powers should have the biggest paycheck, while the aging great should be a cut ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

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