Meaning of judge (or consider) something on its merits in English:

judge (or consider) something on its merits

phrase

  • Assess something solely with regard to its intrinsic quality rather than other external factors.

    ‘a proposal should be judged on its merits when it comes forward for approval’
    • ‘Now, that's a pretty bold claim to make but none the less I decided to let it pass and judge the piece on its merits rather than immediately begin to make a list of other possible contenders for the title.’
    • ‘All arrears will have to paid in full but customs officials will be prepared to discuss settlement over a period of time and judge each case on its merits rather than hitting firms with a huge bill.’
    • ‘On the question of the timing of accession, he said that each country would be judged on its merits, but in principle it would be better were Bulgaria and Romania to join the union simultaneously.’
    • ‘City of York Council has said the application would be judged on its merits.’
    • ‘Mr Bailey said any application would be considered on its merits and would have to fit in with other buildings.’
    • ‘As with all applications to the Community Fund each application will be considered on its merits as well as in relation to its relevance to Community Fund priorities.’
    • ‘Every claim will be considered on its merits so in genuine cases people have no need to worry.’
    • ‘It says each application will be considered on its merits, taking into account issues such as littering, fouling, noise and street crime.’
    • ‘‘Each case will be considered on its merits in light of legal advice,’ he said.’
    • ‘But the director of Government affairs for Central Railway said: ‘If the case is judged on its merits, then we can be confident of a positive outcome.’’
    • ‘I think I refer to, in my submission, a triage approach where each individual case is judged on its merits.’
    • ‘He's entitled to serve his term and to fulfill his responsibilities, and I'd be judging his performance on its merits and making my decisions about reappointment on that basis.’
    • ‘And that's to revert to judging every case on its merits.’
    • ‘These three, plus a Cartwright official, judged each painting on its merits.’
    • ‘When undertaking a review, a chief constable is required to judge each case on its merits and to take any extra information not originally available into account.’
    • ‘But I think we've got decent referees in the Premiership and you'd like to think they won't be swayed by anything they've seen or heard and they just judge every game on its merits.’
    • ‘We judge each situation on its merits and work towards resolving the problem.’
    • ‘Yesterday a spokesman for the RAF said: ‘We have not got a blanket ban on wind turbines as such and judge each case on its merits.’’
    • ‘I think if we are going to look again at these three libraries, we should certainly look at all libraries in the borough and judge each case on its merits.’
    • ‘He spends most of his article indulging in irrelevance and generally missing the point entirely - which is to judge the book on its merits.’