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eligible

adjective uk   /ˈel.ɪ.dʒə.bl̩/ us  
C1 having the necessary qualities or satisfying the necessary conditions: Are you eligible for early retirement/maternity leave? You might be eligible for a grant. Only people over 18 are eligible to vote. describes someone who is not married and is thought to be a suitable future marriage partner, especially because they are rich and attractive: I can think of several eligible bachelors of my acquaintance.
eligibility
uk   /ˌel.ɪ.dʒəˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
I'll have to check her eligibility to take part. The eligibility rules prevent under-18s being in the team.
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