- allowed to and meeting the necessary conditions required to participate in or be chosen for something
- worthy of being chosen (for marriage)
meeting the necessary requirements to participate; worthy of being chosen
eligible (plural eligibles)
- One who is eligible.
2007 October 3, Diane Ravitch, “Get Congress Out of the Classroom”, in 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.
one who is eligible