"Small initial discrepancies may not be seen as meet for a federal case, particularly when the employee, trying to succeed in a nontraditional environment, is averse to making waves." Is there a legalistic meaning for meet or did the author mean to use the word meat in the text quoted above?


No, the term meet as an adjective, although often thought of as archaic, means

suitable or proper

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    It's not quite archaic, at least not in the negative: see Ngrams for the phrase is not meet. – Peter Shor Jan 20 '14 at 3:17
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    I’ve often noticed that people think any word they do not themselves use in casual chitchat is wont to get relegated to archaic in their eyes, not recognizing that there are different registers, especially written ones, or different styles than their own. – tchrist Jan 20 '14 at 3:19
  • @tchrist Us leagal types have no prob with meet and such, but inasmuch as I don't trust our sensibilities, I hereto for thought that all we find sympatico is/are archaic. – bib Jan 20 '14 at 3:45
  • @PeterShor Nor to those raise in a Roman Catholic liturgy of the 50s – bib Jan 20 '14 at 3:51

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