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Merits

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.

merits

the actual and intrinsic rights and wrongs of an issue as distinct from extraneous matters and technicalities.

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.

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There should not be any merit pay increase, whatever procedure we're talking about,'' Wachs said Wednesday.
Three other city department heads also were granted merit increases, but are not affected because their raises were part of the earlier charter provisions and went through different procedures.