[ in-el-i-juh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈɛl ɪ dʒə bəl /


not eligible; not permitted or suitable: Employees are ineligible in this contest.
legally disqualified to hold an office.
legally disqualified to function as a juror, voter, witness, etc., or to become the recipient of a privilege.


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

Nearby words

  1. inelastic scattering,
  2. inelastic supply,
  3. inelegance,
  4. inelegancy,
  5. inelegant,
  6. ineloquent,
  7. ineluctable,
  8. ineludible,
  9. inenarrable,
  10. inept

Origin of ineligible

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

SYNONYMS FOR ineligible
1. disqualified, unsuitable.

Related formsin·el·i·gi·bil·i·ty, in·el·i·gi·ble·ness, nounin·el·i·gi·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ineligible


/ (ɪnˈɛlɪdʒəbəl) /


(often foll by for or an infinitive) not fit or qualifiedineligible for a grant; ineligible to vote


an ineligible person
Derived Formsineligibility or ineligibleness, nounineligibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for ineligible



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper