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deserving (adj.)

"that deserves," 1570s, present-participle adjective from deserve (v.). Related: Deservingly (1550s). Phrase deserving poor, those in need and unable to work through no fault of their own (the old, the sick, the lame, etc.) is by 1801.

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Definitions of deserving from WordNet

deserving (adj.)
(often used ironically) worthy of being treated in a particular way;
the deserving poor
a deserving cause
Synonyms: worth
From wordnet.princeton.edu