[ in-el-i-juh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: ineligibleineligibility on

  1. not eligible; not permitted or suitable: Employees are ineligible in this contest.

  2. legally disqualified to hold an office.

  1. legally disqualified to function as a juror, voter, witness, etc., or to become the recipient of a privilege.

  1. a person who is ineligible, as a suitor or team member.

Origin of ineligible

First recorded in 1760–70; in-3 + eligible

Other words for ineligible

Other words from ineligible

  • in·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, in·el·i·gi·ble·ness, noun
  • in·el·i·gi·bly, adverb

Words Nearby ineligible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ineligible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ineligible


/ (ɪnˈɛlɪdʒəbəl) /

  1. (often foll by for or an infinitive) not fit or qualified: ineligible for a grant; ineligible to vote

  1. an ineligible person

Derived forms of ineligible

  • ineligibility or ineligibleness, noun
  • ineligibly, adverb

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