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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 eligible
  • 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.
  • Only games that have not yet been released in any country were eligible.
  • The main challenge, she said, is is getting eligible families to sign up.
  • Contestants will be eligible to win a prize each week they are signed up to the catalogue.
  • Not everyone will be eligible.
  • The top fifty highest voted members are eligible for the slot.
  • Books from small or large publishers released in 1997 are eligible.
British Dictionary definitions for eligible


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 eligible

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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