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eligible

adjective
 
 
/ˈelɪdʒəbl/
ABLE TO DO If you are eligible to do something, you can do it because you are in the right situation: [+ to do sth] Only people over 18 are eligible to vote. You might be eligible for a grant for your studies. →  Opposite ineligible Allowing and permitting
MARRIAGE If someone who is not married is eligible, they would be a good husband or wife because they are rich, attractive, etc.: an eligible young bachelorMarriage, cohabitation and other relationships
eligibility
 
 
/ˌelɪdʒəˈbɪləti/ noun [U]
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