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EL'IGIBLE, adjective [Latin eligo, to choose or select; e and lego.]

1. Fit to be chosen; worthy of choice, preferable.

In deep distress, certainty is more eligible than suspense.

2. Suitable; proper; desirable; as, the house stands in an eligible situation.

3. Legally qualified to be chosen; as, a man is or is not eligible to an office.