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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. Olivia Adams:

    She had a little trouble figuring out where to go and how to get signed up, she was able to do it, but it took a little while and then she had the same problem when she was able to sign her father up when he became eligible at the beginning of our phase two.

  2. Tran Thi Minh Nguyet:

    ADP at the moment is the only eligible investor, aCV needs approval from the Ministry of Transport to go ahead with the talks.

  3. Stephen Keener:

    During our review, it became clear that both Jackie Robinson West officials and (the) District Administrator ... signed documents to make players eligible who should not have been.

  4. Steven Nissen:

    Given the number of people that are eligible for statins, which are tens of millions of patients already, the number of people who cannot tolerate statins is in the millions, this is a big public health problem and I think we’ve come up with something that directly addresses this.

  5. Katy Duhigg:

    This bill will bring us one step closer to making equal access to the ballot box a reality for every qualified New Mexican. Each component of the act represents commonsense voting protections ensuring that eligible New Mexicans have their constitutional right to vote.

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