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English definition of “demerit”

demerit

noun [C] uk   /ˌdiːˈmer.ɪt/ us  
formal a fault or disadvantage: We need to consider the merits and demerits of the plan.Faults and mistakes a mark given to someone, especially a student in a school, because they have done something wrong or broken a rule: She got three demerits for lateness on this term's report.Marks and results
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