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Definitions for eligible
ˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəlel·i·gi·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eligibleadjective

    qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen

    "eligible to run for office"; "eligible for retirement benefits"; "an eligible bachelor"


  1. eligiblenoun

    One who is eligible.

  2. eligibleadjective

    suitable; meeting the conditions; worthy of being chosen

  3. Etymology: From eligible, from eligibilis, from eligo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ELIGIBLEadjective

    Fit to be chosen; worthy of choice; preferable.

    Etymology: eligibilis, Latin.

    A British ministry ought to be satisfied, if, allowing to every particular man that his private scheme is wisest, they can persuade him that next to his own plan, that of the government is the most eligible. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 48.

    Did they really think, that going on with the war was more eligible for their country than the least abatement of those conditions? Jonathan Swift.

    That the most plain, short, and lawful way to any good end, is more eligible than one directly contrary in some or all of these qualities. Jonathan Swift.

    Certainty, in a deep distress, is more eligible than suspense. Clarissa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eligibleadjective

    that may be selected; proper or qualified to be chosen; legally qualified to be elected and to hold office

  2. Eligibleadjective

    worthy to be chosen or selected; suitable; desirable; as, an eligible situation for a house

  3. Etymology: [F. ligible, fr. L. eligere. See Elect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eligible

    el′i-ji-bl, adj. fit or worthy to be chosen: legally qualified: desirable.—n. (coll.) a person or thing eligible.—ns. El′igibleness, Eligibil′ity, fitness to be elected or chosen: the state of being preferable to something else: desirableness.—adv. El′igibly. [Fr.,—L. eligĕre. See Elect, v.t.]

Editors Contribution

  1. eligible

    To have official authority or power.

    They are eligible to vote and are delighted they are able and have the choice.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eligible' in Adjectives Frequency: #832

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eligible in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eligible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of eligible in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Chen:

    There is no way the administration can process the projected volume of people that would be eligible.

  2. Matthew Buettgens:

    In our surveys, we found recently that of the uninsured people who are probably eligible for tax credits but not enrolled, about half of them said that they had not heard of the tax credits, and had not visited healthcare.gov or their state site, there is a lot more to be done, in getting people who are eligible for these tax credits to even know that it’s a choice for them.

  3. Mike Levin:

    In 2016, 31 million voters in that age group, all very much eligible to vote, decided not to, the result was Donald Trump -- and Charlottesville, and a tax cut designed to benefit the wealthiest 1 % of Americans, and Justice Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

  4. Mauricio Castro:

    We have enough Latino eligible voters today to decide an election for governor, for senate and even to win the presidential elections, it doesn’t take more than 14,000 votes to be able to win it.

  5. Doris Meissner:

    Many, if not most, of these people are not likely to be eligible for asylum, even though they're fleeing very difficult conditions, we desperately need to have Congress address the immigration laws and make it possible for there to be other legal pathways to come to the US.

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    the official who holds an office
    • A. unsealed
    • B. eloquent
    • C. incumbent
    • D. contiguous

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