Definition of ineligible
: not eligible: as a : not qualified for an office or position b : not permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass <an ineligible receiver>
ineligibilityplay \-ˌne-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of ineligible
French inéligible, from in- + éligible eligible
First Known Use: 1770
INELIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ineligible for English Language Learners
: not allowed to do or be something : not eligible
INELIGIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of ineligible for Students
: not qualified to be chosen or used <He was ineligible for financial aid.>
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