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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Other Words from admission

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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Claire Foy does now, since Jonathan Van Ness did just that on Monday night, when the actress was reportedly struggling to gain admission to the annual post–Emmy Awards Governor's Ball. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Claire Foy Was Denied Entry Into an Emmys Party, so a Queer Eye Guy Helped Her Out," 19 Sep. 2018 The addition flows with the same brick and cream exterior color scheme as the original historic home, and the entire complex is a nonprofit run by the county’s leisure services department, which offers free admission to guests. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 2018 Museums across the country will offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 22nd for the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day. Angela Chen, The Verge, "You can now download tickets to visit museums for free on Sept. 22nd," 19 Aug. 2018 For the first time, the festival is offering free admission to high school-aged children and recent high school graduates, with school or another form of ID, organizers said. Morgan Cook,, "'Rights are easy to lose': San Diego Pride Parade calls for persistence in fight for equality," 14 July 2018 Therapeutic Horseback Riding Public invited to grand opening, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Features $5 pony rides and free admission to petting farm. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 After a morning tour of Copenhagen, Denmark, the same director offers to pay admission to the National Museum for any tourgoers who want to visit it during afternoon free time. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 Keep in mind that many kids offered admission don't actually enroll. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 After the ride, guests can also get free admission to an after-party at Simone's and priority entrance to the Caminos De Michoacan Bar after-party. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'admission.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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