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[in-el-i-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl/
not eligible; not permitted or suitable:
Employees are ineligible in this contest.
legally disqualified to hold an office.
legally disqualified to function as a juror, voter, witness, etc., or to become the recipient of a privilege.
a person who is ineligible, as a suitor or team member.
Origin of ineligible
1760-70; in-3 + eligible
Related forms
ineligibility, ineligibleness, noun
ineligibly, adverb
1. disqualified, unsuitable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ineligible
  • Colleges with excessive default rates may become ineligible for federal student aid programs.
  • She was told that she was ineligible because she had failed to meet the published deadline.
  • Other works restored were previously ineligible for protection.
  • Levy then tried to determine how old a lady has to be before she's considered ineligible for zapping.
  • Thus is was ineligible for funds and students shied away.
  • If that's the problem, the simplest solution is not the get rid of immigrants, but to make them ineligible for benefits.
  • As someone else noted, failure to register makes you ineligible for federal financial aid for higher education.
  • People with criminal records and those in violation of immigration laws are ineligible.
  • And many have been ineligible for rehousing, usually because of a criminal conviction.
  • For instance, one obvious reform is to make all freshmen ineligible for athletics, as they were until three decades ago.
British Dictionary definitions for ineligible


often foll by for or an infinitive. not fit or qualified: ineligible for a grant, ineligible to vote
an ineligible person
Derived Forms
ineligibility, ineligibleness, noun
ineligibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ineligible

1770, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + eligible.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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