Definition of eligible in English:


Syllabification: el·i·gi·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈeləjəbəl


  • 1Having the right to do or obtain something; satisfying the appropriate conditions: customers who are eligible for discounts [with infinitive]: a foreign student is eligible to attend the school
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    • This is subject to winners being eligible for race competition licences.
    • There are two conditions that must be met in order to be eligible for these new measures.
    • Four or five cardinals who are eligible for the candidacy of pope could openly campaign.
    entitled, permitted, allowed, qualified, able
  • 1.1(Of a person) desirable or suitable as a partner in marriage: the world’s most eligible bachelor
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    • We have plenty of eligible bachelors in these parts and quite a few eligible ladies too!
    • Prince William managed to stand one of the world's most eligible women up last week when he got tied up foxhunting.
    • Last month this magazine presented a list of Scotland's 100 most eligible women and men.
    desirable, suitable; available, single, unmarried, unattached, unwed



Pronunciation: /ˌeləjəˈbilitē/
More example sentences
  • Those seeking to adopt children from overseas have to be issued with a certificate of eligibility.
  • Trial reports were reviewed according to predefined eligibility and quality criteria.
  • Articles were assessed for eligibility and quality and grouped according to dosage.




late Middle English: via French from late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere 'choose, select' (see elect).

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