Definitions of meritocracy:
- noun: the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth
- noun: a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
Definition of MERITOCRACY
1: a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement
2: leadership selected on the basis of intellectual criteria
— mer·it·o·crat·ic adjective
Origin of MERITOCRACY
1merit + -o- + -cracy
First Known Use: 1958
- For the first time in the 20th century, Britain’s agonisingly slow progress towards meritocracy went into reverse.
- What is happening to the campaigning steamroller that was going to propel the new prophets of technocratic and meritocracy craving Labor into power?
- Many liberal democracies, Britain included, justify wide disparities in the income levels of the rich and poor in terms of a doctrine of meritocracy.
- In the earlier article, Herrnstein argued that our society is a meritocracy where not only does the cream rise to the top, but it starts near the top from day one.
- Social mobility will therefore be high during the transition period to a meritocracy and as society becomes more equal.
- If no one accuses me of saying that we’re living in a caste system or rigid class society I promise not to ask anyone to defend our society as a pure meritocracy.