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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: qualified for a benefit, privilege or position, such as elective office.
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acceptable, fit, fitting, suitable, suited
definition 2: fit, worthy, or desirable, esp. for marriage.
similar words:
appropriate, available, desirable, fit, suitable
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adverb + (adj.)eligible academically, automatically, legally, otherwise, potentially, thereby
(adj.)eligible + adverb federally
(adj.)eligible + noun admission, adoption, agency, aid, applicant, arbitration, assistance, bachelor, ballot, beneficiary, benefit, bonus, buyout, certification, championship, citizen, citizenship, compensation, consideration, contest, contribution, coverage, credit, deduction, disability, discount, donor, draft, entry, exemption, funding, grant, homeowner, household, inclusion, individual, insurance, juror, loan, lunch, membership, naturalization, parole, participant, participation, patient, payment, penalty, pension, placement, population, postseason, prize, promotion, provider, recipient, reimbursement, release, respondent, retirement, salary, scholarship, semester, service, stamp, subsidy, taxpayer, transfer, transplant, tuition, unemployment, veteran, visa, voter, voucher, welfare [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: eligibly (adv.)
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The word eligible contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
leg2, lect1, lig Latin root that means gather; choose; read
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable