eligible

[ el-i-juh-buhl ]
/ ˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl /

adjective

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.

noun

a person or thing that is eligible: Among the eligibles, only a few are running for office.

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Origin of eligible

First recorded in 1555–65; from Middle French or directly from Late Latin ēligibilis, equivalent to Latin ē- “out of, from” + lig- (combining form of leg-, stem of legere “to choose, select”) + -bilis “capable of, susceptible of, tending to”; see e-1, -ible

OTHER WORDS FROM eligible

el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, el·i·gi·ble·ness, nounel·i·gi·bly, adverbnon·el·i·gi·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eligible

eligible
/ (ˈɛlɪdʒəbəl) /

adjective

fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function
desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spousean eligible young man

Derived forms of eligible

eligibility, nouneligibly, adverb

Word Origin for eligible

C15: from Late Latin ēligibilis able to be chosen, from ēligere to elect
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