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

Other Words from ineligible

ineligibility \ (ˌ)i-​ˌne-​lə-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ineligible (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 Turkey then was scheduled to begin EuroBasket on Sept. 1 against Russia, with the game canceled with Russia ruled ineligible. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 24 July 2022 Schwalb’s win would come after an unusual turn of events that shifted the course of the race: In April, one of the leading candidates was ruled ineligible to run. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 They were declared ineligible last week, the result of a tie vote by the Board of State Canvassers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 The original complaint alleged that Anthony DeFelippo had been declared ineligible last week after being originally declared eligible by an AHSAA staff member last month in an e-mail correspondence. Ben Thomas |, al, 1 May 2022 She was banned from her best event after losing her appeal of a World Athletics regulation that made women with her condition ineligible for some races. Gerald Imray, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 July 2022 Buildings that don’t meet the standards are added to a list of buildings ineligible for loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Mike Feuer, is temporarily ineligible to practice law in California. Julia Wickstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 But earlier this year, a forensic audit commissioned by the state Office of Policy and Management determined that the money Bruneau’s company received was an ineligible use of the federal pandemic relief funds. Hartford Courant, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Ineligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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