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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Today the home is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays (there are extended dates during the summer), and admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 Implicit in these portraits, and explicit by the end of the book, is a plea for the restoration of this good, middle-class, 1950s sort of life, when the gap between rich and middle class was smaller, and college admissions less competitive. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "The Fall of the Meritocracy," 5 Sep. 2019 Although admission will be free, the aquarium says visitors should get tickets in advance because space is limited. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 If admission is affordable, the same cannot be said for participation in a show where a four-legged athlete can easily be valued at more than half a million dollars. New York Times, "Where to Show Off Your $5 Million Horse," 31 Aug. 2019 But this college admission scandal is just one example of how higher education can perpetuate economic privilege rather than expand economic opportunity. Anika Michel, Quartz at Work, "I did everything right and it still took over a year to find a job after grad school," 27 Aug. 2019 The dynamic of college admissions and enrollment has changed, as flagship public institutions insistently cross state lines to recruit more students. Teghan Simonton, USA Today, "College recruiters aggressively go after out-of-state kids," 19 Aug. 2019 Augie Meyers first played at John T. Floore Country Store in 1955 or ’56, when the admission was 50 cents. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Augie Meyers to lead a band at Floore’s for first time in decades," 15 Aug. 2019 As in years past, admission to the festival is free, and fans can earn their tickets by completing various community service acts. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Queen & Adam Lambert, Pharrell, Alicia Keys Among 2019 Global Citizen Festival Headliners," 30 July 2019

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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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admission

noun

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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