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el·i·gi·ble

eligible

 
 
pronunciation:
e lih j bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: qualified for something; in a position to be chosen.
Only kids under twelve years old are eligible to enter the contest.
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synonyms:
qualified
similar words:
acceptable, fit, suitable, suited
derivation: eligibly (adv.)
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The word eligible contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
leg2, lect1, lig Latin root that means gather; choose; read
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable, adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)