in·​el·​i·​gi·​ble (ˌ)i-ˈne-lə-jə-bəl How to pronounce ineligible (audio)
: not eligible: such as
: not qualified for an office or position
: not permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass
an ineligible receiver
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 Those who return to the Palestinian territories will also be ineligible for the program. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 14 Feb. 2024 Haley is a United States citizen by birth, despite claims that she wasn't born in the U.S. and is ineligible to run for President. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 That would leave very few Florida homes ineligible. Thomas Elias, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Along with other gig-economy companies, Uber spent over $200 million to support California’s Prop 22 ballot initiative, which would keep gig-workers classified as independent contractors, remaining ineligible for minimum wage pay rates and benefits. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 The scams to watch for Employee Retention Credit claims Watch out for scammers who try to con ineligible taxpayers into claiming the Employee Retention Credit. Cortlynn Stark, Sacramento Bee, 7 Feb. 2024 That section was the basis for the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling in December that Trump is ineligible to be on that state’s 2024 ballot. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2024 For example, only individual athletes, rather than teams, will be included in the Games, and athletes who actively support the war or who are contracted to their country’s military services will be ineligible. George Ramsay, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 The voters argued that Trump is ineligible from holding the presidency under Section 3 and should be excluded from the Colorado primary and general election ballots. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


French inéligible, from in- + éligible eligible

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ineligible was in 1770

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Cite this Entry

“Ineligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​el·​i·​gi·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈel-ə-jə-bəl How to pronounce ineligible (audio)
: not qualified to be chosen or used
ineligible noun
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