noun ad·mis·sion \ əd-ˈmi-shən , ad- \
Updated on: 11 Jan 2018

Definition of admission

1 a : the act or process of admitting
b : the state or privilege of being admitted
c : a fee paid at or for admission
2 a : the granting of an argument or position not fully proved
b : acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true


play \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective

Examples of admission in a Sentence

  1. the admission of evidence in a court of law

  2. His statement was interpreted as an admission of failure.

  3. They opposed the admission of women into the club.

  4. Her injuries were serious enough to require hospital admission.

  5. a large number of hospital admissions

  6. The school's standards of admission are high.

  7. He submitted an application for admission to the school.

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Origin and Etymology of admission

Middle English admyssion, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin admissiōn-, admissiō "controlled mating (of animals), admittance to an interview," from admittere "to 1admit" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

ADMISSION Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of admission for English Language Learners

  • : the act of admitting or allowing something

  • : a statement or action by which someone admits a weakness, fault, etc.

  • : the right or permission to enter a place

ADMISSION Defined for Kids


noun ad·mis·sion \ əd-ˈmi-shən \

Definition of admission for Students

1 : acknowledgment by someone of something about him or her that has not been proved
  • an admission of guilt
2 : the right or permission to enter
  • admission to college
3 : the price of entrance Museum admission is ten dollars.

Medical Dictionary


noun ad·mis·sion \ əd-ˈmi-shən, ad- \

medical Definition of admission

: the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient
  • The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital.
; also : someone who is so admitted
  • Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination.
  • —Hanna L. SchussheimThe Washington Post20 Apr. 1988

Law Dictionary


noun ad·mis·sion

legal Definition of admission

1 : the act or process of admitting
  • admission into evidence
2 a : a party's acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true
Note: In civil cases admissions are often agreed to and offered in writing to the court before trial as a method of reducing the number of issues to be proven at trial.
b : a party's prior out-of-court statement or action that is inconsistent with his or her position at trial and that tends to establish guilt — compare confession, declaration against interest at declaration
Note: Under the Federal Rules of Evidence an admission is not hearsay. Silence can sometimes be construed as an admission where a person would reasonably be expected to speak up.

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