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.

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 for ineligible

1. disqualified, unsuitable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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.

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