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[el-i-juh-buh l] /ˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl/
fit or proper to be chosen; worthy of choice; desirable:
to marry an eligible bachelor.
Synonyms: suitable, fitting.
meeting the stipulated requirements, as to participate, compete, or work; qualified.
legally qualified to be elected or appointed to office:
eligible for the presidency.
a person or thing that is eligible:
Among the eligibles, only a few are running for office.
Origin of eligible
1555-65; (< Middle French) < Late Latin ēligibilis, equivalent to Latin ē- e-1 + ligi- select + -bilis; see -ible
Related forms
eligibility, eligibleness, noun
eligibly, adverb
noneligibility, noun
noneligible, adjective
noneligibly, adverb
preeligibility, noun
preeligible, adjective
preeligibleness, noun
preeligibly, adverb
quasi-eligible, adjective
quasi-eligibly, adverb
reeligibility, noun
reeligible, adjective
reeligibly, adjective
supereligibility, noun
supereligible, adjective
supereligibleness, noun
supereligibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eligibility
  • Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.
  • Sometimes additional information is needed in order to determine eligibility.
  • Also, it means less difficulty in proving your eligibility and credentials to the various powers that be.
  • But the program is administratively complicated, involving income-eligibility caps and requiring students to reapply every year.
  • Government funds are limited and come with complicated eligibility requirements and a lot of confusing paperwork.
  • The eligibility criteria for presidential candidates are strict, ensuring that only pillars of the establishment need apply.
  • It spends more because of easier and earlier eligibility for pensions.
  • Those whispers were widely reported, actually, and they included raising the eligibility age and means-testing.
  • Therefore, a fifth season of eligibility is in order.
  • Sylvester has practice squad eligibility and will likely revert there.
British Dictionary definitions for eligibility


fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function
desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spouse: an eligible young man
Derived Forms
eligibility, noun
eligibly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin ēligibilis able to be chosen, from ēligere to elect
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Word Origin and History for eligibility

1640s, see eligible + -ity.



early 15c., "fit or proper to be chosen," from Middle French eligible "fit to be chosen" (14c.), from Late Latin eligibilis "that may be chosen," from Latin eligere "choose" (see election). Related: Eligibly.

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