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The strict legal rights of the parties to a lawsuit.

The word merits refers to the substance of a legal dispute and not the technicalities that can affect a lawsuit. A judgment on the merits is the final resolution of a particular dispute.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


the actual and intrinsic rights and wrongs of an issue as distinct from extraneous matters and technicalities.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

MERITS. This word is used principally in matters of defence.
     2. A defence upon the merits, is one that rests upon the justice of the cause, and not upon technical grounds only; there is, therefore, a difference between a good defence, which may be technical or not, and a defence on the merits. 5 B. & Ald. 703 1 Ashm. R. 4; 5 John. R. 536; Id. 360; 3 John. R. 245 Id. 449; 6 John. R. 131; 4 John. R. 486; 2 Cowen, R. 281; 7 Cowen, R. 514; 6 Wend. R. 511; 6 Cowen, R. 895.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The candidates applied for admission against 3197 open merit (3022 MBBS + 175 BDS), 61 under-developed districts' (49 MBBS +12 BDS), 76 reserved seats for children of Overseas Pakistanis/Dual Nationality holders (72 MBBS + 4 BDS), and 20 disabled candidates (19 MBBS + 01 BDS) seats available in 17 public sector medical and 03 dental colleges of the province.
Gilroy had a much easier route, taking out West Riding Merit winner Duncan Reeves to 12 in the first round and then Daniel Radcliffe (Halifax Merit) 21-13.
Merit, in particular, knows and must know no ethnicity, nationality, language, skin colour, or religion.
The neglected candidates were of the view that when the ruling party was engaged in formulating the government and masses were celebrating eid holidays, the IIUI administration taking advantage of their busyness appointed the blue-eyed candidates neglecting the merit and violating the merit list.
economy has resulted in a robust market for business owners looking to sell," said Craig Dickens, Co-Founder & CEO of Merit Harbor.