eligible

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French eligible, from Latin eligibilis, from ēligō ‎(select, choose)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛlɪdʒəb(ə)l/

Adjective[edit]

eligible ‎(comparative more eligible, superlative most eligible)

  1. allowed to and meeting the necessary conditions required to participate in or be chosen for something
  2. worthy of being chosen (for marriage)

Usage notes[edit]

Used in the phrase eligible bachelor to mean “desirable male”, the corresponding term for a woman is nubile.

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Noun[edit]

eligible ‎(plural eligibles)

  1. One who is eligible.
    • 2007 October 3, Diane Ravitch, “Get Congress Out of the Classroom”, in New York Times[1]:
      Federal agencies report that only about 1 percent of eligible students take advantage of switching schools and fewer than 20 percent of eligibles receive extra tutoring.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin eligibilis.

Adjective[edit]

eligible m, f ‎(plural eligibles)

  1. choosable; selectable (that one can choose)

References[edit]

  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (eligible, supplement)