adjective in·el·i·gi·ble \(ˌ)i-ˈne-lə-jə-bəl\

: not allowed to do or be something : not eligible

Full Definition of INELIGIBLE

:  not eligible: as
a :  not qualified for an office or position
b :  not permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass <an ineligible receiver>
in·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty \-ˌne-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ineligible noun

Examples of INELIGIBLE

  1. Previously ineligible patients may now be able to participate in the study.
  2. They are ineligible for a loan.


French inéligible, from in- + éligible eligible
First Known Use: 1770
INELIGIBILITY Defined for Kids


adjective in·el·i·gi·ble \i-ˈne-lə-jə-bəl\

Definition of INELIGIBLE for Kids

:  not qualified to be chosen or used <He was ineligible for financial aid.>


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