- fit or proper to be chosen; worthy of choice; desirable: to marry an eligible bachelor.
- meeting the stipulated requirements, as to participate, compete, or work; qualified.
- legally qualified to be elected or appointed to office: eligible for the presidency.
- a person or thing that is eligible: Among the eligibles, only a few are running for office.
Origin of eligible
Examples from the Web for eligible
If you answered seven or more of these correctly, you are eligible for a lifetime supply of Metamucil.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
At-home caretakers are eligible for Medicaid waivers, which allow benefits regardless of income.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
Jones ruled for Ray and he is now back in business, eligible to sign with any NFL club.The $44 Million Teflon Don of the NFL
November 30, 2014
Expect many of those who are eligible for relief under the new program to say, “Thanks but no thanks” and go on their way.Will 5 Million Undocumented Immigrants Take Obama's Tough Love Immigration Deal?
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 21, 2014
In the election of 1860 in which Lincoln won the presidency, 80 percent of eligible voters went to the polls.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
But, O my dear, the single life is by far the most eligible to me: indeed it is.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Women are eligible to membership in this General Conference.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
Why, the demand for eligible males is three hundred per cent.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Of the eligible men there Mr. Cecil Underwood seemed, on enquiry, to be the most eligible.The Incomplete Amorist
The question was raised whether, as a prisoner, he was eligible.Bunyan</p>
James Anthony Froude
- fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function
- desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spousean eligible young man
Word Origin and History for eligible
early 15c., "fit or proper to be chosen," from Middle French eligible "fit to be chosen" (14c.), from Late Latin eligibilis "that may be chosen," from Latin eligere "choose" (see election). Related: Eligibly.