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.
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]
2: prohibited by official rules; "an eligible pass receiver"