ad·​mis·​si·​ble | \ əd-ˈmi-sə-bəl How to pronounce admissible (audio) , ad- \

Definition of admissible

1 : capable of being allowed or conceded : permissible evidence legally admissible in court
2 : capable or worthy of being admitted admissible to the university

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admissibility \ əd-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce admissible (audio) , ad-​ \ noun

Examples of admissible in a Sentence

The judge decided that the confession was admissible in court. using direct quotations without naming your source is not admissible
Recent Examples on the Web The findings of the investigation and recommendations issued by the new board would be admissible in criminal and civil court proceedings against the law enforcement officer. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Ilhan Omar to reintroduce bill creating new federal board to independently investigate police misconduct," 25 Apr. 2021 In this age of surveillance, all of the footage of us going about our lives in public spaces is admissible evidence. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, "Screw the ‘Model Minority’ Myth: Why It’s Time for Asians to Fight Back," 23 Apr. 2021 In the last week, defense attorneys in two pending DUI cases argued before San Francisco judges that Volk’s 2020 methamphetamine arrest and pending cases should be admissible in trial. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. defense attorneys challenge evidence handled by ex-medical examiner lab analyst," 21 Apr. 2021 The inability to present witness testimony or other admissible evidence resulted in the Boston Police Department’s inability to proceed to a Disciplinary Hearing due to lack of evidence., "Read the full statement from former Boston police commissioner Paul Evans calling for the release of full internal affairs file on patrolman Patrick Rose," 21 Apr. 2021 The ruling means the evidence is admissible – likely bad news for the nanny. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: No privacy for nanny," 7 Apr. 2021 Any incriminating evidence gathered during the program would not be admissible in court. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Amended bill to expand juvenile eligibility for restorative justice heads back to West Virginia House," 31 Mar. 2021 Only later did Gharib become a suspect, forcing police to release him and then arrest him so that his testimony could be admissible. Los Angeles Times, "Conviction of former Syrian secret police officer brings solace — but sparks a debate," 25 Feb. 2021 Mautone said Wednesday that the preliminary test is not required, and is not admissible in court. David Porter, Anchorage Daily News, "Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of admissible

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admissible

borrowed from French, probably borrowed from Medieval Latin admissibilis, from Latin admissus (past participle of admittere "to admit entry 1") + -ibilis -ible

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29 Apr 2021

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“Admissible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of admissible

: able to be admitted or allowed especially : able to be allowed or considered in a legal case


ad·​mis·​si·​ble | \ əd-ˈmi-sə-bəl How to pronounce admissible (audio) \

Kids Definition of admissible

: able to be or deserving to be admitted or allowed : allowable The jury listened to all of the admissible evidence.


ad·​mis·​si·​ble | \ əd-ˈmi-sə-bəl, ad- How to pronounce admissible (audio) \

Legal Definition of admissible

: capable of being allowed or permitted the difficulty would be lessened if entries in books of account were admissible as prima facie evidence— B. N. Cardozo

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admissibility \ -​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce admissible (audio) \ noun

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