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ineligible

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

Simple Definition of ineligible

  • : not allowed to do or be something : not eligible

Full Definition of ineligible

  1. :  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 play \-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.



Origin of ineligible

French inéligible, from in- + éligible eligible


First Known Use: 1770


INELIGIBLE Defined for Kids

ineligible

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

Definition of ineligible

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





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