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eligible

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EtymologyEdit

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

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eligible (comparative more eligible, superlative most eligible)

  1. Suitable; meeting the conditions; worthy of being chosen; allowed to do something.

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

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NounEdit

eligible (plural eligibles)

  1. One who is eligible.
    • 2007 October 3, Diane Ravitch, “Get Congress Out of the Classroom”, New York Times:
      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 FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin eligibilis.

AdjectiveEdit

eligible m, f (plural eligibles)

  1. choosable; selectable (that one can choose)

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