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eligible

[el-i-juh-buh l] /ˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
fit or proper to be chosen; worthy of choice; desirable:
to marry an eligible bachelor.
Synonyms: suitable, fitting.
2.
meeting the stipulated requirements, as to participate, compete, or work; qualified.
3.
legally qualified to be elected or appointed to office:
eligible for the presidency.
noun
4.
a person or thing that is eligible:
Among the eligibles, only a few are running for office.
Origin of eligible
1555-1565
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
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  • This board sat for two weeks, and found five men ineligible and eleven eligible.

  • But, O my dear, the single life is by far the most eligible to me: indeed it is.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • That the Committee and Sub-Committee shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • Women are eligible to membership in this General Conference.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • He had kept my letter by him, not daring to open it,—as he says that he did with that eligible invitation.

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for eligible

eligible

/ˈɛlɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
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
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
adj.

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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