mer·i·to·ri·ous /ˌmer-ə-'tōr-ē-əs/ adj1: deserving of honor or esteem2: having merita meritorious claim
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
above par, acceptable, admirable, approvable, approved, august, benevolent, better, charitable, chivalric, chivalrous, choice, commendable, commendatory, conscientious, creditworthy, creditable, dazzling, decent, deserving, deserving of commendation, deserving of compliment, deserving of praise, deserving of reward, desirable, dignified, distinctive, distinguished, duteous, dutiful, edifying, elevated, eminent, entitled, enviable, estimable, ethical, excellent, exemplary, extraordinary, fine, first-rate, generous, glorious, good, good-quality, gracious, great, greathearted, guiltless, heroic, high-minded, high-principled, honest, honorable, idealistic, impeccable, incorrupt, incorruptible, irreproachable, just, laudabilis, laudable, laudatory, laude dignus, lofty, magnanimous, magnificent, marvelous, moral, noble, perfect, philanthropic, popular, possessing merit, praiseworthy, preeminent, prime, princely, principled, proper, quality, rare, refined, reliable, remarkable, reputable, right-minded, righteous, select, solid, sound, splendid, stainless, sterling, sublime, substantial, superb, superior, superlative, supreme, terrifc, tested, uncensurable, unimpeachable, unselfish, upright, valuable, virtuous, well-done, well-intentioned, wonderful, worth imitating, worthwhile, worthy, worthy of fame, worthy of praise
associated concepts: meritorious cause, meritorious cause of action, meritorious claim, meritorious defense, meritorious grounds
cogent, conscientious, exemplary, high-minded, incorruptible, justifiable, laudable, major, moral, reputable, sterling, unimpeachable
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006