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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere; ELECT1

eligible

adjective
     
el‧i‧gi‧ble
1 someone who is eligible for something is able or allowed to do it, for example because they are the right age
eligible for
Students on a part-time course are not eligible for a loan.
eligible to do something
Over 500,000 18-year-olds will become eligible to vote this year.
2 [only before noun] an eligible man or woman would be good to marry because they are rich, attractive, and not married:
Stephen was regarded as an eligible bachelor.
eligibility noun [uncountable]

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