eligible Definition

having the right to do or obtain something; satisfying the appropriate conditions.

Using eligible: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "eligible" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • Example

    Only citizens are eligible to vote in national elections.

  • Example

    She is eligible for early retirement.

  • Example

    The company offers health insurance to all eligible employees.

eligible Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with eligible

  • an unmarried man who is considered to be a desirable partner for marriage


    She was introduced to an eligible bachelor at the party.

  • a player on a football team who is allowed to catch a forward pass


    The quarterback threw the ball to an eligible receiver in the end zone for a touchdown.

  • the group of people who meet the criteria for participation in a study or survey


    The eligible population for the study was limited to adults over the age of 18.

Origins of eligible

from French 'éligible', from Latin 'eligere', meaning 'to choose'


Summary: eligible in Brief

The term 'eligible' [ˈɛlɪdʒəbl] refers to having the right to do or obtain something by satisfying the appropriate conditions. It is often used in the context of requirements for scholarships, voting, and employment, as in 'She is eligible for early retirement.' 'Eligible' also extends into phrases like 'eligible bachelor,' referring to a desirable unmarried man, and 'eligible receiver,' denoting a player allowed to catch a forward pass.

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