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Definition of "eligible" []

  • Qualified or entitled to be chosen: eligible to run for office; eligible for retirement. (adjective)
  • Desirable and worthy of choice, especially for marriage: an eligible bachelor. (adjective)
  • Football Allowed under the rules to catch a forward pass: an eligible receiver. (adjective)
  • A person who is eligible. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "eligible" in a sentence
  • "The term 'eligible beneficiary' means any individual who is an active enrollee in the CLASS program and, as of the date described in subparagraph B"
  • ""What he's done and what he's done to reclaim his career and seemingly the kind of person that he has become makes him -- I don't even want to use the word eligible -- but you know, it's time," he said."
  • "The Recovery Act allowed investors to exclude 75% of their profits if they invested in eligible small businesses between mid-February 2009 and the end of this year."