ad·mis·sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən , 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


(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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admissive \-ˈmi-siv \ 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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The concert will require a separate admission ticket that can be purchased through Ticktmaster. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "5 Cal State Fair musical acts you don’t want to miss this year," 13 July 2018 General-admission tickets are $30; VIP tickets, which get you in an hour early, are $50. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Bastille Days and World Cup finale to historic Harleys," 12 July 2018 Both of those practices will be free, but fans must reserve general-admission tickets in advance, the team said, with a limit of six per household. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Eagles announce training camp schedule, open practice dates," 11 July 2018 Tickets are now on sale; admission to each presentation is $25. Christopher Arnott,, "Waterbury Palace Motivational Series Highlights Life's Second Acts," 10 July 2018 Tickets are $30 a day for adults, $15 for children (15 and under); admission is free for kids ages 5 and under. Christopher Borrelli,, "G-FEST: Everything you never wanted to know about giant lizards — 25 years worth, actually," 10 July 2018 Parking costs are included in the admissions tickets. Madeline Mitchell,, "An ultimate guide to the World Ultimate Club Championships held in Warren County," 6 July 2018 This year’s show is being held at Catalpa Farms, and admission is $10, free for kids 12 and under. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Leave screen-time behind for these outdoor events," 3 July 2018 Races at Meridian Speedway will begin at 6:30 p.m. For those who would like to watch the races or fireworks from the Speedway stands, admission tickets can be purchased at the Speedway box office at 335 S. Main St., Meridian ( Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to admission

admissions officer

by one's own admission

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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


ad·mis·sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən \

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.


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. Schussheim, The Washington Post, 20 Apr. 1988

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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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