eligible

adjective
el·​i·​gi·​ble | \ ˈe-lə-jə-bəl \

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 \ noun
eligibly \ ˈe-​lə-​jə-​blē \ 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

So how does an asylee become eligible for citizenship? Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "What Asylum Means, and Why People Seek It," 13 Nov. 2018 More pay, more play In Major League Baseball, players with several years of experience become eligible to resort to arbitration to determine salary for the upcoming season. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Electoral impacts of robot workers," 13 July 2018 Forty-nine students, who became eligible to compete for scholarships, were recognized over the year. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County School News, June 28," 28 June 2018 Each stands to become eligible for $1.2 million for the primary race, plus $6 million to the eventual nominee for the general election. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Candidates Face Tough Questions About Financial Viability In Governor's Race," 19 June 2018 If the Wildcats put together a second straight 10-win season in 2018, by the time their hot-shot transfer quarterback becomes eligible, Hunter Johnson could be joining the hunted — which is just how Fitzgerald likes it. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "QB transfer Hunter Johnson could push Northwestern toward sustained elite success," 12 June 2018 Jordan Tucker, a transfer from Duke, becomes eligible in December. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "How NBA draft decisions affect Big East basketball for 2018-19 season," 4 June 2018 According to the Harvard Crimson, this is the second time Park applied for the Rhodes Scholarship, and the first year that DACA recipients (those part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), were eligible to receive the scholarship. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Rhodes Scholarship Awarded to DACA Recipient for the First Time Ever in 2018," 19 Nov. 2018 More than 260,000 of the Maldives' 400,000 people were eligible to vote at about 400 polling stations across the approximately 1,200 islands that comprise the Indian Ocean archipelago. Fox News, "Maldives' opposition presidential candidate claims victory," 23 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Marlins relievers Adam Conley and Kyle Barraclough are pitching at career-high levels and won’t be arbitration-eligible until next season, which could raise their prices. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs need insurance for the rotation and bullpen, no matter how small the upgrade," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of eligible

Adjective

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

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
el·​i·​gi·​ble | \ ˈe-li-jə-bəl \

Kids Definition of eligible

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

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