- 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
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Examples from the Web for eligibly
Found him eligibly situated as to trade, but his houses bad.
Fort "Mackina" is eligibly situated on a cliff overlooking the town and harbor, and is garrisoned by a company of artillery.
The prairie is most eligibly situated along the margin of the stream, above whose floods it is elevated.
This city is eligibly situated on a broad plateau, between limestone cliffs.
Such utter desolation and waste, in a region so eligibly situated, can with difficulty be realized without seeing it.Glances at Europe
- fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function
- desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spousean eligible young man
C15: from Late Latin ēligibilis able to be chosen, from ēligere to elect
Word Origin and History for eligibly
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper