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Synonyms for demerit

a mark against a person for misconduct or failure

the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection


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Trying the merits and demerits of the project, Malik said that 30 per cent of the budget was being spent on education but diffusion of the modern technology from China to Pakistan would bring more change and have more impact on education and other sectors.
The demerit and derogatory record system play a key role in the promotion and the performance bonus of every policeman.
It wasn't that I was so inherently good, or that I was afraid of the Navy punishments I'd have to take if I got any demerits,'' she laughed.
This move not only earned aesthetic demerits (what's the point of an aircraft carrier without air?
As an example: If three demerits are given for a certain deficiency on the first occurrence, the second occurrence would have a weight of nine demerits, and the third 27.
As of the end of last year, these teams had reduced the average number of demerits by 81 percent.
When the new amendment was challenged, "the lengthy list of plaintiffs included a Roman Catholic, a Jew, a Muslim, a Baptist, and a Lutheran, among others; the head of the Council of Churches in Beckley was a named plaintiff" Judge Hallanan, in his decision overturning the amendment, cited testimony of an 11-year-old Jewish boy who said that, when he read a book during the moment of silence as the law allowed, he was harassed by other children who "said something to the effect that, why was he even trying to talk to me because the Jews weren't worth saving because they had killed Christ" A Roman Catholic boy testified that he was "afraid to challenge his teacher's directions to stand and pray each morning, because he might receive demerits for `doing wrong or disobeying the teacher.
But the only serious criticism one could make, it seems to me, is that paradoxically Wilson sticks to his knitting too closely, handing out merits and demerits in the progress of Greek studies, without taking adequately into account the wider social and cultural context.
One tip: Although the IRS will entertain such paybacks after April 15, the wise thing is to send in your return on time - no matter what-to avoid penalties and future demerits from the IRS.
Each month and then each year a comparison of merits and demerits should be compiled, so that the user can know himself the total number of his merits and demerits, and can make these totals agree with those recorded in heaven.
If you are doing something stupid, dangerous or irresponsible on our roads over the coming weeks, there is every chance police will catch you and with double demerits you could easily lose your licence, the Minister said.
You can argue the merits and demerits of originalism until you are blue in the face, but on the question of whether originalism somehow transforms conservative activism into something else, Keck is very persuasive: The doctrine does not have a privileged claim on interpreting the Constitution, and when the Court invalidates a congressional statute it is in activist mode--even if the Justices are certain that the Framers themselves (whether through the Federalist Papers or by means of Vulcan mindmeld) are commanding them to throw Congress' work on the compost pile.
Among the topics found in this section are the stages in the rite of adult initiation, the role of the community, the origins of the Eucharistic Prayers and the merits and demerits of various forms of the sacrament of penance.
There are no scoring demerits for missing, but, Dalton said, ``You penalize yourself if you miss because you are wasting time.
In the course of the meeting, the participants assessed the merits and demerits of previous activities, and put fourth views on the agenda items.