eligible

adjective
el·​i·​gi·​ble | \ ˈe-lə-jə-bəl How to pronounce eligible (audio) \

Definition of eligible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : qualified to participate or be chosen eligible to retire
b : permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass
2 : worthy of being chosen an eligible young bachelor

eligible

noun
plural eligibles

Definition of eligible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person or thing that is qualified or permitted to do or be something : one that is eligible for something As with the College of Cardinals and the papacy, where every cardinal, in theory, is eligible to be Pope but the number of real eligibles is substantially smaller, so with the American Presidency.— Stephen R. Graubard … when she entered life, beautiful, accomplished, and an heiress, she had, of course, all the eligibles … of the other sex sighing at her feet …— Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Other Words from eligible

Adjective

eligibility \ ˌe-​lə-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce eligibility (audio) \ noun
eligibly \ ˈe-​lə-​jə-​blē How to pronounce eligibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of eligible in a Sentence

Adjective

… 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 She wanted to start her own family. She was twenty-six and without prospects. At church her mother prayed, and at Crystal Nail, where she lacquered and lengthened, her mother asked customers about eligible young men. She kept Li En's graduation photo mounted in the right corner of her mirror, so that every customer would see her daughter, diploma in hand. — Max Apple, Atlantic, November 2003 I'd like to join but I'm not eligible yet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Thurman was eligible for three months of unpaid leave guaranteed through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, but the time was useless to her. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "America Could at Last Pass Paid Leave. But What Good Is a Plan That Excludes Millions of Women?," 2 Apr. 2019 The statement, issued from the Icelandic Transport Authority, recommends that the passengers and ticket holders affected by the airline closure begin exploring flights with another airline and some ticket holders may be eligible for compensation. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "WOW Air Just Completely Shut Down Without Warning," 28 Mar. 2019 That is about a third of the 900 million people eligible to vote in 2019. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Facebook says it’s limiting false stories for India election," 27 Mar. 2019 All Belei products are eligible for free shipping, including unlimited free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Amazon Launches Its First-Ever Skin-Care Line Today — and Everything's Under $40," 20 Mar. 2019 The shutdown itself has made many federal employees and federal contractors who show no income suddenly eligible, putting a potential additional strain on existing funds. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Amid Shutdown, Schools Worry Meal Programs Will Run Out of Cash," 25 Jan. 2019 The Washington Post reported that without the means to make sure a person is eligible to work in the U.S., companies in Dallas, Texas who rely on immigrant workers are halting their hiring process. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways the Government Shutdown Is Impacting Americans," 3 Jan. 2019 Congress would need to pass a resolution for government workers to receive back pay after the shutdown, but even then, not all contractors are eligible. 2. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways the Government Shutdown Is Impacting Americans," 3 Jan. 2019 More than 20,000 of those claims were found eligible for compensation. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYC Mayor de Blasio Urges More Money for 9/11 Compensation Fund," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More than 90% of students at the school are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, a measure of poverty. Ian Lovett And Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Charter Schools Stay Open As Striking Teachers Decry Their Growth," 21 Jan. 2019 To insulate a core business eligible for the deduction, companies could put service businesses into entities paying higher tax rates. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "What’s a Service Business? That’s Now a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Question," 16 Oct. 2018 Congress initially made 90 percent of total income eligible for Social Security taxes, but indexed it to average wage growth. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "4 Social Security myths and the reasons why they're overblown," 24 June 2018 Up to 18 qualified 3-year-old fillies may make the field, along with as many as four also-eligibles, for the 1 1/8-mile race set for 6:12 p.m. Friday, May 4. Chris White, The Courier-Journal, "How to stream the 2018 Kentucky Oaks post position draw show," 30 Apr. 2018 The state's interpretation of who is eligible has prompted a new lawsuit by relatives and others who claim the state has wrongly denied them foster pay. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky families face heartbreaking wait for Kinship Care money," 3 July 2018 The charge is death-penalty eligible, although that decision has not yet been made, Cullen said. Washington Post, "Hate crime charges leveled after Charlottesville attack," 29 June 2018 Students at her school struggle with poverty, with nearly 90 percent eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Principal: Why does a 'D' school face 'the same consequence as a sex offender'?," 29 May 2018 Weinstein was the sole incumbent on the County Council eligible for re-election. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County Council incumbent ousted in primary by two votes," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of eligible

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eligible

Adjective

Middle English, from Late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere to choose — more at elect

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eligible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eligible

: able to be chosen for something : able to do or receive something
: suitable and desirable for marriage

eligible

adjective
el·​i·​gi·​ble | \ ˈe-li-jə-bəl How to pronounce eligible (audio) \

Kids Definition of eligible

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

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