The word "deservability" officially doesn't exist in dictionary. But, we might come across few situations where you need to make sentences like this one.

You deserve that job. But sometimes, capability is also required along with deservability.

I was discussing with my friend this morning who lost his job very recently and I had to say something like the above sentence but couldn't find the right words.

Are there any alternatives for the word "deservability" and if so, how to use those words in the situations like above?

  • deservingness noun 1. - the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded" thefreedictionary.com/deservingness – Kris Mar 15 '14 at 5:59
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    We could go for a more suitable synonym instead, according to context. Such as merit, worthiness. – Kris Mar 15 '14 at 6:00
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    It's the job that's deserved, so presumably the deservability would be a quality of the job, not the potential job-holder. – Neil W Mar 15 '14 at 9:30

The word which you are looking for is deservedness.


I think worthy or worthiness is the perfect substitution word you're looking for. It is used to indicate that someone has earned the value attributed them through their proven record or high quality of work and effort.

Miriam-Webster defines it as: worthy

  : good and deserving respect, praise, or attention
  : having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc.

You deserve that job. But sometimes, capability is also required along with worthiness.

  • I apologize for forgetting to cite my definition source. Also I have edited my answer to explain why I think my suggestion fits the OP's request. – Sk Johnson Oct 23 '15 at 14:31

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