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 Employees who work on hardware development, some human resources functions, sales partnerships, or who are content reviewers or data technicians, will be ineligible because their jobs depend on being physically present with others in an office. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Why many Facebook work-from-home employees will earn less," 21 May 2020 However, smaller cities in counties with a population of more than 500,000 would be ineligible. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County will send $72 million to cities after clashing with the state over federal coronavirus relief aid," 19 May 2020 Pandemic insurance update The department on Monday launched a program that will pay $350 million in initial jobless benefits to 165,000 independent contractors and other individuals who were previously ineligible for benefits. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Another weekly drop in Arizona jobless benefits belies ongoing employment pressures," 12 May 2020 Some prominent conservative politicians are using the election to stage a comeback and a potential springboard to compete in the 2021 presidential poll, when Rouhani will be ineligible to stand for a third term. Arsalan Shahla,, "Iran Hardliners Take Election Lead as Moderates Stymied," 8 May 2020 Noncitizens have long been ineligible to receive public assistance for themselves. Asad L. Asad, The Conversation, "Why Latino citizens are worrying more about deportation," 6 Apr. 2020 All would be up to the Treasury Department's discretion, though businesses controlled by Trump or immediate family members and by members of Congress would be ineligible. Fox News, "Trump appoints aide Navarro to lead Defense Production Act efforts after forcing GM to make ventilators for coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 The five-star recruit played at North Forest prior to transferring senior year but was ineligible to play. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "NW Houston sports highlights: Cy-Fair’s Ed Pustejovsky retiring," 25 Jan. 2020 Then, Pelé gained the edge on Eusebio, though he was not considered for the Ballon d’Or because non-Europeans were ineligible., "Cristiano Ronaldo," 4 Dec. 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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25 May 2020

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“Ineligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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