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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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.

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The document also said inmates are ineligible for student financial aid. Brian Rokos, The Mercury News, "3 women accused of stealing $1 million in financial aid from California college," 29 June 2019 African Americans seeking home loans found themselves redlined — ineligible for credit — because the government would not guarantee the loans. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019 Immigrants lacking lawful status are ineligible for federal housing subsidies. Andrea Castillo,, "L.A. leaders say Trump proposal would boot thousands of immigrants from public housing," 26 June 2019 Alcoholic beverages are ineligible for delivery to locations not tied to a specific street address, the spokeswoman said. Ron Hurtibise,, "7-Eleven now delivers -- to your home or at the park," 24 June 2019 Reid is ineligible to return to LSU after not following the protocol for a potential return to school. Amie Just,, "LSU forward Naz Reid goes unselected in NBA Draft," 20 June 2019 Brown is ineligible to play this upcoming season due to NCAA rules. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Nevada Transfer Jordan Brown Commits to Arizona," 7 June 2019 Jackson is ineligible to possess firearms, according to court documents. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "20-year-old charged in Memorial Day shooting at South Seattle beach," 4 June 2019 Reports indicate as early as July the FBI expressed its concerns to the White House that the allegations could make Porter ineligible for a permanent security clearance. Steven Lemongello,, "Murphy: Staffers with temporary security clearance shouldn't see top secret info," 14 Feb. 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 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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