: 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
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Examples of INELIGIBLE
- Previously ineligible patients may now be able to participate in the study.
- They are ineligible for a loan.
Origin of INELIGIBLE
First Known Use: 1770
: not qualified to be chosen or used <He was ineligible for financial aid.>
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