adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere to choose — more at elect Date: 15th century 1. a. qualified to participate or be chosen ; entitled <
eligible to retire
b. permitted under football rules to catch a forward pass <
an eligible receiver
2. worthy of being chosen ; desirable <
an eligible young bachelor
eligibility nouneligible nouneligibly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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