adjective el·i·gi·ble \ˈe-lə-jə-bəl\

: able to be chosen for something : able to do or receive something

: suitable and desirable for marriage

Full Definition of ELIGIBLE

a :  qualified to participate or be chosen <eligible to retire>
b :  permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass
:  worthy of being chosen <an eligible young bachelor>
el·i·gi·bil·i·ty \ˌe-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
eligible noun
el·i·gi·bly \ˈe-lə-jə-blē\ adverb

Examples of ELIGIBLE

  1. I'd like to join but I'm not eligible yet.
  2. … more than six years since the fall of the Taliban, fewer than 30% of eligible girls are enrolled in schools, and the infrastructure is so poor that only a tiny fraction are likely to get the education they need to enjoy the fruits of emancipation. —Aryn Baker, Time, 28 Jan. 2008

Origin of ELIGIBLE

Middle English, from Late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere to choose — more at elect
First Known Use: 15th century
ELIGIBLY Defined for Kids


adjective el·i·gi·ble \ˈe-li-jə-bəl\

Definition of ELIGIBLE for Kids

:  qualified to be chosen, to participate, or to receive <You're eligible for a loan.>


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