1. qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
; - Example: "eligible to run for office"- Example: "eligible for retirement benefits"- Example: "an eligible bachelor"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Eligible \El"i*gi*ble\, a. [F. ['e]ligible, fr. L. eligere. See
1. That may be selected; proper or qualified to be chosen;
legally qualified to be elected and to hold office.
2. Worthy to be chosen or selected; suitable; desirable; as,
an eligible situation for a house.
The more eligible of the two evils. --Burke.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen;
"eligible to run for office"; "eligible for retirement
benefits"; "an eligible bachelor" [ant: ineligible]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "eligible":
acceptability, acceptable, admissible, appropriate, available,
capable, desirability, desirable, eligibility, enfranchised, fit,
fitness, fitted, fittedness, fitting, likely, marriageable, nubile,
preferable, proper, qualification, qualified, seemly, single,
suitability, suitable, suited, unmarried, unwed, with voice,
with vote, worthiness, worthy