eligible

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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AdjectiveEdit

eligible (comparative more eligible, superlative most eligible)

  1. suitable; meeting the conditions; worthy of being chosen

Usage notesEdit

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.
Last modified on 1 April 2014, at 05:21