EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of eligible 1555–65;
Late Latin ēligibilis,
Latin ē- e- 1
-ible Related forms el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, el·i·gi·ble·ness, noun el·i·gi·bly, adverb non·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, noun non·el·i·gi·ble, adjective non·el·i·gi·bly, adverb pre·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, noun pre·el·i·gi·ble, adjective pre·el·i·gi·ble·ness, noun pre·el·i·gi·bly, adverb qua·si-el·i·gi·ble, adjective qua·si-el·i·gi·bly, adverb re·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, noun re·el·i·gi·ble, adjective re·el·i·gi·bly, adjective su·per·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, noun su·per·el·i·gi·ble, adjective su·per·el·i·gi·ble·ness, noun su·per·el·i·gi·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for eligibly Historical Examples of eligibly British Dictionary definitions for eligibly adjective fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spouse an eligible young man Derived Forms eligibility, noun eligibly, adverb Word Origin for eligible
C15: from Late Latin
ēligibilis able to be chosen, from ēligere to elect
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Word Origin and History for eligibly adj.
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.
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