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

Even with 48 teams, fewer than 25 percent of FIFA-eligible countries would participate, Infantino said. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 Even with 48 teams, fewer than 25 percent of FIFA-eligible countries would participate, Infantino said. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 The authority has 180 units across four housing complexes for income-eligible seniors and people certified as disabled by the Social Security Administration who meet state guidelines. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waiting List Open For Southington Housing Authority Apartments," 13 July 2018 The administration initially provided a list of about 100 under-5 children who were believed eligible for reunification by this week’s deadline but whittled down the list to less than 60 by Thursday. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge weighs tighter oversight of plan to reunite families," 13 July 2018 Under the new plan, the base monthly rent for tenants eligible for reduced rates will be $130 for an efficiency and $150 for a one-bedroom unit. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waiting List Open For Southington Housing Authority Apartments," 13 July 2018 The administration initially provided a list of about 100 kids under 5 who were believed eligible for reunification by this week's deadline but whittled down the list to fewer than 60 by Thursday. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Federal judge commends Trump administration for 'good faith' in family reunifications," 13 July 2018 An analysis of the 114 multiemployer pension plans that are critical and declining, and thus eligible for loans under the Butch Lewis Act, projected that all would be able to pay back their loans. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "KC union retirees join rally in Ohio for pension fix — or is it a bailout?," 13 July 2018 The administration initially provided a list of about 100 under-5 children who were believed eligible for reunification by this week's deadline but whittled it down to less than 60 by Thursday. Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "Federal judge commends family reunification effort, eyes next deadline," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 They will forever be linked for 2016, leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years, and are expected to be be teammates through at least 2021 when each are eligible for free agency. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Q&A with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo: Cubs icons on stardom, gun violence, Bryce Harper and more," 27 Mar. 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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