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ineligible

[in-el-i-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
not eligible; not permitted or suitable:
Employees are ineligible in this contest.
2.
legally disqualified to hold an office.
3.
legally disqualified to function as a juror, voter, witness, etc., or to become the recipient of a privilege.
noun
4.
a person who is ineligible, as a suitor or team member.
Origin of ineligible
1760-1770
1760-70; in-3 + eligible
Related forms
ineligibility, ineligibleness, noun
ineligibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. disqualified, unsuitable.
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  • On the day before the Thanksgiving game that year the Faculty held a long meeting and decided that our two guards were ineligible.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Save after a four-year interval, the president was ineligible for re-election.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • He would have let the house, but could find no tenant, in consequence of its ineligible and insalubrious site.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • Upon the reasons and motives of the constitution, he was ineligible for ever.

  • It was the delay of the authorities in granting the request which, after the lapse of three years or more, made Joseph ineligible.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for ineligible

ineligible

/ɪnˈɛlɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
often foll by for or an infinitive. not fit or qualified: ineligible for a grant, ineligible to vote
noun
2.
an ineligible person
Derived Forms
ineligibility, ineligibleness, noun
ineligibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ineligible
adj.

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

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