WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
el•i•gi•ble /ˈɛlɪdʒəbəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. being a proper or worthy choice; suitable:an eligible mate.
  2. meeting the stipulated requirements;
    qualified: [be + ~ + to + verb]Anyone over 21 is eligible to play this game.
el•i•gi•bil•i•ty /ˌɛlɪdʒəˈbɪlɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable] 
el•i•gi•bly /ˈɛlɪdʒəbli/USA pronunciation  adv. See -lec-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
el•i•gi•ble  (eli jə bəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. fit or proper to be chosen;
    worthy of choice;
    desirable:to marry an eligible bachelor.
  2. meeting the stipulated requirements, as to participate, compete, or work;
  3. Governmentlegally qualified to be elected or appointed to office:eligible for the presidency.

  1. a person or thing that is eligible:Among the eligibles, only a few are running for office.
el′i•gi•bili•ty, eli•gi•ble•ness, n. 
eli•gi•bly, adv. 
  • Late Latin ēligibilis, equivalent. to Latin ē- e- + ligi- select + -bilis; see -ible
  • Middle French)
  • ( 1555–65
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitable, fitting.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ineligible, unsuitable, unacceptable.

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eligible /ˈɛlɪdʒəbəl/ adj
  1. fit, worthy, or qualified, as for an office or function
  2. desirable and worthy of being chosen, esp as a spouse: an eligible young man
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin ēligibilis able to be chosen, from ēligere to elect

ˌeligiˈbility n ˈeligibly adv

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