- 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 eligibility
What happens, though, after the player finishes his eligibility and no longer has to prepare for a game?College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them
October 4, 2014
In addition, of the 1.5 million people who have applied for coverage, 1.48 million have received an eligibility determination.First Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Are Dismal, but It’s No Failure Yet
November 14, 2013
The generous Medicaid eligibility rules (New York State requires local governments to kick in a quarter of the cost).Will the Young People Go Home Again?
June 12, 2013
If anti-doping officials, in exchange for a confession, restored his eligibility, he could resume his cycling career.How Lance Armstrong Lied to the World (Including Me)
January 5, 2013
The president raised the Medicare eligibility age by two years?To Solve Debt Crisis, GOP Should Put Obama on a Reward Program
December 25, 2012
Office Holding: Eligibility to office is limited by the constitution to electors.
So our lines of eligibility get more and more narrowly drawn.The Story of the Mind
James Mark Baldwin
Were I her father, Brook should prove his eligibility to propose for her, or else give her up.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
You assert the decree of eligibility was not made by Frederick.The Princess Dehra
John Reed Scott
Her eligibility was suggested to the late friend of Persia's shah.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
- 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 eligibility
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.