deserving (n.) 1
worthiness, desert, merit
2H4 IV.iii.43 [Prince John to Falstaff, of capturing Colevile] It was more of his courtesy than your deserving
AW I.iii.6 [Steward to Countess] we ... make foul the clearness of our deservings
AW III.v.60 [Helena to Diana, of herself] all her deserving / Is a reserved honesty
KL I.i.30 [Edmund to Kent] I shall study deserving [i.e. make every effort to deserve your favour]

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