- not eligible; not permitted or suitable: Employees are ineligible in this contest.
- legally disqualified to hold an office.
- legally disqualified to function as a juror, voter, witness, etc., or to become the recipient of a privilege.
- a person who is ineligible, as a suitor or team member.
Origin of ineligible
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1. disqualified, unsuitable.
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Examples from the Web for ineligible
When they do leave prison, these men are largely unemployable and ineligible to vote, and often end up back in the system.We Need More Ferguson-style Grand Juries
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A Republican activist filed a complaint that Perez was ineligible because he had only joined the Maryland bar in 2001.Frontrunner for Attorney General Was Thrown Off Ballot for A.G. of Maryland
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The Tab points out that Prince William is ineligible for a student loan, as he has already completed a degree at St Andrews.Is Prince William Too Thick for Cambridge University?
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Zelaya, known to Hondurans as "Mel," failed in his bid to return to power and was ineligible to run for president.Honduras Presidential Election Passes Over Chavez Loyalists
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Save after a four-year interval, the president was ineligible for re-election.The Governments of Europe
Frederic Austin Ogg
Upon the reasons and motives of the constitution, he was ineligible for ever.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
"A most ineligible suitor, I am sure," broke forth the baronet.Mirk Abbey, Volume 1(of 3)
Ineligible herself, and unable to find a substitute—what a dilemma!To Tell You the Truth
That was what none of the other eligibles had ever done, least of all Charity the ineligible.We Can't Have Everything
- (often foll by for or an infinitive) not fit or qualifiedineligible for a grant; ineligible to vote
- an ineligible person
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Word Origin and History for ineligible
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