from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
- n. A group of leaders or officeholders selected on the basis of individual ability or achievement.
- n. Leadership by such a group.
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- n. Rule by merit, and talent. By extension, now often used to describe a type of society where wealth, income, and social status are assigned through competition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects.
- n. The belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth
- n. a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
Firstly, the term meritocracy has been redefined since it was originally conceived, and is now taken to be a positive term.
My late father, the sociologist Michael Young, coined the word "meritocracy" - but as a term of opprobrium rather than approval.
An attempt at a meritocracy is a step forward from wholesale exclusion based on race and culture.
But if the meritocracy is a myth, it doesn't exist ... and I think it does, though quite imperfectly.
So why are some people taking certain percentages in certain groups to be signs of total oppression and evidence that the meritocracy is a sham?
This myth of meritocracy is so entrenched that very few are aware of it.
"I think baseball's meritocracy is one of its most admirable features even now as, in our larger country, we demonize the contributions of the very immigrant groups that baseball has wholly embraced."
A meritocracy is the backbone of any successful institution; performance -- both individual and organizational -- is doomed without one.
The stick of meritocracy is only valid till the extent wherein employees of these companies can have a sincere belief that its not a pure political game.
You're suggesting that giving up on the myth of meritocracy is different from giving up on a meritocracy.