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1. Qualified or entitled to be chosen: eligible to run for office; eligible for retirement.
2. Desirable and worthy of choice, especially for marriage: an eligible bachelor.
3. Football Allowed under the rules to catch a forward pass.
A person who is eligible.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ēligibilis, from Latin ēligere, to select; see elect.]

el′i·gi·bil′i·ty n.
el′i·gi·bly adv.
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But we had repetitions of church and prayer-meetings; and so, of course, we were just as eligibly situated as we could have been any where.
Dixon, a young man, rich and agreeable, almost as soon as they were acquainted; and was eligibly and happily settled, while Jane Fairfax had yet her bread to earn.
Crawford exactly what a young heated fancy imagines to be necessary for happiness, you resolve to refuse him at once, without wishing even for a little time to consider of it, a little more time for cool consideration, and for really examining your own inclinations; and are, in a wild fit of folly, throwing away from you such an opportunity of being settled in life, eligibly, honourably, nobly settled, as will, probably, never occur to you again.
In India MCAT is named as NEED (National eligibly cum Entrance test) by orders of the Supreme Court of India is conducted for admission in all Indian Public and Private Medical Colleges.
His Highness the Amir is a sagacious leader, a man of peace and a humanitarian leader, who eligibly deserves the Nobel Prize for Peace for the initiatives he offered the Arab nation and the entire humanity," the paper wrote in today's editorial.
The minister also briefed the delegation about the criteria for low-income citizens' eligibly to residential services, the categories included and the stages of development of these criteria since the affordable social housing was launched in the Kingdom, and the currently applicable criteria for eligibility.