fit or proper to be chosen; worthy of choice; desirable: to marry an eligible bachelor. suitable, fitting. ineligible, unsuitable, unacceptable.
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.

1555–65; (< Middle French) < Late Latin ēligibilis, equivalent to Latin ē- e-1 + ligi- select + -bilis; see -ible

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
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eligible (ˈɛlɪdʒəbəl)
1.  fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function
2.  desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spouse: an eligible young man
[C15: from Late Latin ēligibilis able to be chosen, from ēligere to elect]

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Word Origin & History

1561, from M.Fr. eligible "fit to be chosen," from L.L. eligibilis "that may be chosen," from L. eligere "choose" (see election).
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Example sentences
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.
Government funds are limited and come with complicated eligibility requirements
  and a lot of confusing paperwork.
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