Idiom:  on its own merits


Idiom:  (consider/judge) (someone/something) on its own merits

  • evaluate something by its own achievements and accomplishments

Example sentences

  • I really hope this company will consider each applicant by his or her own merits, but I think it’s more about who you know.
  • Fortunately, everyone is judged on his or her own merits when it's time to give out promotions.
  • The packaging is so pretty but I buy my cosmetics from Sephora, where I can judge the products on their own merits by trying the samples.
  • In law school, our exams are given a number instead of us writing our names on the test so that our work can be judged on its own merits without the professor's bias.
  • I wish our boss would consider our work on its own merit but he always promotes his favorites and gives them the best projects to work on.
  • There will be a panel of interviewers for this position and each applicant will be judged on his or her own merits.
  • This company is very fair. Your work will be considered on its own merits and any salary increases are distributed accordingly. 


  • don't judge a book by its cover
  • all that glitters is not gold
  • looks can be deceiving

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