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.

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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 Receiver was off the line of scrimmage, making Foles ineligible. Tommy Rowan,, "Eagles fans take glee in Patriots' disappointment," 6 Feb. 2018 Twenty-one Saudi suspects in the murder have been deemed ineligible to enter the U.S. and had any visas revoked. Mike Pompeo, WSJ, "The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital," 27 Nov. 2018 Broward also accidentally counted 22 provisional ballots that had been deemed ineligible, mostly because the signatures on the envelopes didn’t match those on file. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Is Florida really screwed up? Its election recount explained," 14 Nov. 2018 Per Forbes, a source close to those working within the Grammys has revealed that BTS has been deemed ineligible for a Best New Artist nomination. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Is Ineligible for a Best New Artist Grammy and Fans Have Jokes," 2 Nov. 2018 But 46 children were deemed ineligible for reunification – 22 for safety concerns and 24 because of their parents’ current immigration status. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump admin says all eligible immigrant children reunited with families, but some still held for safety concerns," 13 July 2018 Image Of the migrants older than 5, the government officials would not say Thursday how many would be deemed ineligible to be reunited with their families. New York Times, "‘I Want Her Back’: Some Migrant Families Reunite, but Other Parents Grow Desperate," 12 July 2018 As a result of the issues, Den-Man was deemed ineligible to receive millions in demolition work to tear down 195 homes, Detroit Building Authority Special Projects Director Brian Farkas confirmed. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Text messages reveal illegal dumping by Detroit demo contractor," 26 June 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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