mer·it /'mer-ət/ n1 pl: the substance of a case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form2: legal significance, standing, or worthan argument without merit
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
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. William C. Burton. 2006
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 meritsDescription 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.@
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.