ineligible

To be ineligible is to not qualify for something.

When you're eligible for something — like a contest — you are allowed to enter. Being ineligible is the opposite; it means that you can't enter or participate in something. After a certain age, children are ineligible for playing Little League baseball. Students below a certain grade point average are ineligible for scholarships. People born outside the United States are ineligible to run for President. If you want to know who's eligible and ineligible for something, check the rules or laws.

Definitions of ineligible
  1. adjective
    not eligible
    ineligible to vote”
    ineligible for retirement benefits”
    Synonyms:
    disqualified
    disqualified by law or rule or provision
    disqualified
    barred from competition for violation of rules
    undesirable, unsuitable
    not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse)
    unentitled, unqualified
    having no right or entitlement
    unqualified
    not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
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    Antonyms:
    eligible
    qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
    bailable
    eligible for bail
    desirable, suitable, worthy
    worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
    entitled
    qualified for by right according to law
    in line
    awaiting something; especially something due
    legal
    allowed by official rules
    pensionable
    entitled to receive a pension
    qualified
    meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
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  2. adjective
    prohibited by official rules
    “an ineligible pass receiver”
    Synonyms:
    illegal
    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
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