admission

noun
ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio) , ad- \
plural admissions

Definition of admission

1 : an act of admitting : the fact or state of being admitted: such as
a : the act of allowing something for consideration before a court A small number of jurisdictions adhere to the position that a defendant may not complain on appeal about the admission of illegally obtained evidence … if the defendant gave testimony at trial admitting possession of that evidence.— Wayne R. LaFave and Jerold H. Israel
b : the right or permission to join or enter a place, a group, etc. countries denied admission to NATO
c
(1) : the act or process of accepting someone as a student at a school To a large degree, American education is organized for those who are already the best educated, a fact notoriously borne out in the college admissions process, where colleges compete for the top students and are rated by the percentage of these they attract.— Gerald Graff
(2) : the fact of being accepted as a student at a school Competition for admission to these pre-K schools is so extreme that private counselors are frequently retained … to guide the parents through the application process.— Jonathan Kozol
(3) : someone who is so admitted California State University will accept no new admissions for the spring semester of 2013 … as part of a drastic cost-cutting strategy to reduce enrollment by about 16,000 students next spring, officials said Monday.— Nanette Asimov
d : 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. Schussheim
2 : a fee paid for entering a place (such as a theater or museum) a museum that offers reduced admission for children
3a : the granting of an argument or position not fully proved : the act of acknowledging something asserted
b : acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true
c a revealing statement an admission of failure

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Other Words from admission

admissive \ əd-​ˈmi-​siv How to pronounce admissive (audio) , ad-​ \ adjective

Examples of admission in a Sentence

the admission of evidence in a court of law His statement was interpreted as an admission of failure. They opposed the admission of women into the club. Her injuries were serious enough to require hospital admission. a large number of hospital admissions The school's standards of admission are high. He submitted an application for admission to the school.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Fed’s recent revision of its monetary-policy strategy is an indirect admission of its shortcomings. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Why the Knives Are Out for Trump’s Fed Critic Judy Shelton," 9 Sep. 2020 The price of admission will be $30 per car, and tickets will be bought via Atom Tickets. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Pictures to Host Drive-In Screenings on Hollywood Studio Lot," 12 Aug. 2020 Challengers included one of her opponents, criminal defense attorney Gary Wainwright, who argued that the suspension should count against the eight years of admission to the practice of law needed to run for the office. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "Courts rule on ballot challenges in Orleans and Jeff; criminal court candidate wins round," 6 Aug. 2020 But this action by the CDC appears to be either an abdication of any attempt to have a national strategy to track the spread of this virus or, alternatively, an admission of failure to have a national plan to make adequate testing available. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JOE THOMPSON: Cause for concern," 29 Aug. 2020 Dawn Huckelbridge, director for Paid Leave for All, said the focus on immunity is almost an admission that workers are likely to get sick on the job. Chabeli Carrazana, USA TODAY, "Labor rights mobilized women during suffrage — and now," 28 Aug. 2020 Buried in this argument is an implicit admission by the districts that the crisis online learning the districts are providing is inferior to the education students could be receiving in pods. Jason Bedrick, National Review, "Why Parents Love ‘Pandemic Pods’ for School — but Bureaucrats Hate Them," 21 Aug. 2020 The price of admission: wearing a face covering, Contra Costa County officials warn. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 13-14," 17 Aug. 2020 Free admission with donation of a bag of pet food or two bags of treats. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Aug. 17-23," 16 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of admission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admission

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

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20 Sep 2020

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“Admission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/admission. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for admission

admission

noun
How to pronounce admission (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of admission

: 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

noun
ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio) \

Kids Definition of admission

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.

admission

noun
ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən, ad- How to pronounce admission (audio) \

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. Schussheim, The Washington Post, 20 Apr. 1988

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admission

noun
ad·​mis·​sion

Legal Definition of admission

1 : the act or process of admitting admission into evidence
2a : 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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