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- Not meritable; undeserving of reward.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i], page 123, column 2:
- This is a ſlight vnmeritable man, / Meet to be ſent on Errands : is it fit / The three-fold World diuided, he ſhould ſtand / One of the three to ſhare it ?
- 1660, Jeremy Taylor, “Of our Comportment in and after our Receiving the Blessed Sacrament”, in The Worthy Communicant, London: Richard Wellington, published 1701, page 373:
- The effect of this conſideration ought to be, […] that you give God moſt hearty and ſuperexalt’d thanks, with all the tranſports and raviſhments of ſpirit, for ſo unſpeakable, ſo unmeritable, ſo unrewardable a loving kindneſs.
- 1884 May 1, “Wordsworth and Byron”, in James Knowles, editor, The Nineteenth Century, volume XV, page 780:
- […] and Wordsworth, it may be confessed, was liable to failure […] with a result sometimes merely trivial and unmeritable, sometimes actually repulsive or oppressive.