in·​el·​i·​gi·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-lə-jə-bəl How to pronounce ineligible (audio) \

Definition of ineligible

: not eligible: such as
a : not qualified for an office or position
b : not permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass an ineligible receiver

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Other Words from ineligible

ineligibility \ (ˌ)i-​ˌne-​lə-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ineligibility (audio) \ noun
ineligible noun

Examples of ineligible in a Sentence

Previously ineligible patients may now be able to participate in the study. They are ineligible for a loan.
Recent Examples on the Web False or deceptive nominations or acts may render a nominee ineligible. CNN, "CNN Heroes Legal Disclosures 2020," 5 Dec. 2019 Montgomery also lost an 11-yard reception on an ineligible-man-downfield call against Cody Whitehair. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions," 28 Nov. 2019 Holds happen but the ineligible player downfield flags linger. cleveland, "Versus a weak Miami defense, what can Cleveland build on and where must Browns improve? -- Film Review," 27 Nov. 2019 The rules could affect more than 270,000 of 670,000 participants covered by the state’s Medicaid expansion, which Michigan established under the Obama-era health law to expand coverage to low-income adults who were previously ineligible. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan," 23 Nov. 2019 That season was vacated this year, however, due to ineligible player participation. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: How improbable has Louisville football's bounce-back season been?," 19 Nov. 2019 The department also flubbed the rollout of a new automatic voter registration system, botching tens of thousands of registrations and potentially registering 1,500 people who were ineligible to vote. Alexei Koseff,, "California DMV improperly shared Social Security info for thousands of people," 5 Nov. 2019 This season Wheeler was ineligible to play, said coach Greg Conwell. Madeline Mitchell,, "Police: Ex-Woodward cornerback who broke ninth-grader's jaw facing felony charges," 31 Oct. 2019 Boy Scout documents show the leader was placed on the ineligible volunteer list following reports of molestation in 1991. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California braces for onslaught of child sex assault lawsuits under new law," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ineligible

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ineligible

French inéligible, from in- + éligible eligible

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The first known use of ineligible was in 1770

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Ineligible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ineligible

: not allowed to do or be something : not eligible


in·​el·​i·​gi·​ble | \ i-ˈne-lə-jə-bəl How to pronounce ineligible (audio) \

Kids Definition of ineligible

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

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