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ineligible

[in-el-i-juh-buhl]
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adjective
  1. not eligible; not permitted or suitable: Employees are ineligible in this contest.
  2. legally disqualified to hold an office.
  3. legally disqualified to function as a juror, voter, witness, etc., or to become the recipient of a privilege.
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noun
  1. a person who is ineligible, as a suitor or team member.
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Origin of ineligible

First recorded in 1760–70; in-3 + eligible
Related formsin·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, in·el·i·gi·ble·ness, nounin·el·i·gi·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. disqualified, unsuitable.
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Examples from the Web for ineligibility

Historical Examples

  • Laughing, he joined in the honest fellow's regret at his ineligibility to take rank as a guest in the neighborhood.

    A Virginia Cousin & Bar Harbor Tales

    Mrs Burton Harrison

  • Is it for a disqualification or ineligibility of like legal character arising since my election?

  • Woman first rendered ineligible to the priesthood, was then punished for this ineligibility.

    Woman, Church & State

    Matilda Joslyn Gage

  • How quickly by a word can the hero reveal himself, thus discarding his masquerade of ineligibility and doubling the romance!

  • “My dear, you should know better than to suggest that the ineligibility of any man is obvious,” said Mrs. Thrale.

    A Nest of Linnets

    Frank Frankfort Moore


British Dictionary definitions for ineligibility

ineligible

adjective
  1. (often foll by for or an infinitive) not fit or qualifiedineligible for a grant; ineligible to vote
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noun
  1. an ineligible person
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Derived Formsineligibility or ineligibleness, nounineligibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ineligibility

ineligible

adj.

1770, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + eligible.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper