Definitions of "merit"
  1. The essence of a legal case, not considering issues of jurisdiction, procedure, or formality
  2. The status, value, or importance of something in the context of the law
How to use "merit" in a sentence
  1. The attorneys are expected to discuss the merit of the lawsuit in the upcoming trial.
  2. The judge ruled that the case lacked sufficient merit to proceed to trial.
  3. Upon review, the board found no merit in the accused's arguments and upheld the original decision.

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