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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Because of the offer sheets to Walton and Jones, the Heat are now ineligible to sign a player to a two-way contract in the interim. Ira Winderman,, "Heat extend qualifying offer to Derrick Walton Jr., making him restricted free agent," 27 June 2018 Louisville was ordered to vacate 123 wins in which athletes were ineligible from the 2011-12 through the 2015 academic years. Scooby Axson,, "Former Louisville Players Expected To Sue NCAA Over Vacated Wins," 10 July 2018 The remaining children were determined to be ineligible for various reasons, including having a parent with a criminal record or a parent who was already deported. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 Typically, college players who have been ruled ineligible for next season after the regular draft enter the supplemental draft. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Not so fast: Chiefs might not be finished drafting players for 2018," 10 July 2018 In October of 2009, the NCAA ruled Bryant ineligible for the remainder of his junior season for failing to disclose to enforcement officers an interaction with Sanders. Ross Dellenger,, "The Curious Case of Kristian Fulton: A Two-Year Ban, a Last-Ditch Appeal and a Spotlight on the NCAA," 13 June 2018 He was ruled ineligible this season at USC because of rumors about his involvement in the FBI scandal, but the NBA will remember his breakout freshman season., "NBA mock drafts 2018: Who do the experts have the Portland Trail Blazers picking at 24?," 16 May 2018 Covenant had 10 players to start the season, but one was ruled academically ineligible. Mike Hutton,, "Hutton: With only nine players, it's a whole different ballgame for the Covenant Christian baseball team," 11 May 2018 Brown, a sophomore, and Davis, a junior, missed the Tritons' 2017-18 season after the CIF ruled them ineligible for violating Bylaw 510 of undue influence. David Carrillo Peñaloza,, "Dominick Harris to transfer out of Pacifica Christian Orange County," 21 Apr. 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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