[ el-i-juh-buh l ]
/ ˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl /


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

1555–65; (< Middle French) < Late Latin ēligibilis, equivalent to Latin ē- e-1 + ligi- select + -bilis; see -ible


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British Dictionary definitions for eligible

/ (ˈɛlɪdʒəbəl) /


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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