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
We'll be contacting eligible players soon.
Images previously published or pending publication are not eligible.
This is a full-time benefit eligible position including paid vacation, holiday,
  and sick leave.
If you can make it to the starting line, you should be eligible to compete.
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