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

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 \ 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.

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Election officials in Texas’ largest county say about 18,000 voters in the Houston area were wrongfully flagged as potentially ineligible to vote and those officials expect more such mistakes to be found on their list. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 Republicans generally oppose the Maryland and Nevada proposals, arguing that, despite safeguards, some people ineligible to vote might be registered. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Voters in 37 States to Decide Ballot Measures," 5 Nov. 2018 Attorneys for the student organizers challenged an election held in November 2016 on the grounds that scores of graduate students were incorrectly deemed ineligible to vote. Washington Post,, "Harvard agrees to negotiate a contract with graduate-student union," 1 May 2018 The move sets up a potentially lengthy legal battle, which means many of the state's approximately 1.5 million disenfranchised ex-cons likely will remain ineligible to vote in the upcoming 2018 elections. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Florida appeals ruling that state's ex-felon voting ban is illegally enforced," 5 Apr. 2018 Johnson, however, claims that numerous people were turned away as being ineligible to vote at their local polling place. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Dan Johnson's widow claims voter fraud after losing seat to Linda Belcher in District 49 race," 20 Feb. 2018 Yet a completely ridiculous constitutional provision makes her ineligible to run for president. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president," 12 Dec. 2018 Within the next 45 days, Musk will have to step down as chairman of Tesla and will be ineligible to return to that post for the next three years. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Musk settles—out as Tesla chairman, owes $20 million in penalties," 30 Sep. 2018 That would mean that Alaska's four Planned Parenthood facilities — in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Soldotna and Juneau — would become ineligible for the federal grants. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "New federal plan could cut funding for Alaska’s Planned Parenthood facilities," 29 May 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of ineligible

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

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